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Tetra Pak to Invest €24 Million in Packaging Closures Factory

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has announced a €24 million investment in its very first plant for packaging closures in South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. The facility is set to capture the region’s rapid market growth for packaging with closures, forecast to grow by more than 30% between 2015 to 2018.

The advanced regional manufacturing facility will be located within the company’s existing Straws and Strips Plant in Rayong, Thailand, and will become operational in early 2018. With a production capacity of more than three billion units per year, the new plant will enable customers across the region to access locally produced closures for the first time.

“Consumers in our region are increasingly looking for packaging that is functional and convenient, in order to suit their progressively busy lifestyles,” says Michael Zacka, Regional Vice President – Tetra Pak South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. “Being the industry leader, we are committed to drive innovation and help our customers address the evolving market needs. With this new facility we will be able to provide our customers with a wider portfolio of caps and closures, with shorter lead time and enhanced quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

Besides producing new generation closures such as HeliCap23, HeliCap27 and DreamCap26, the factory will also produce bio-based closures, to help drive the sustainability agenda. Additionally, the location of the new factory will reduce CO2 emissions through reduced transportation from the production site to the final customer. And finally, the technology used in the plant will also minimize energy consumption during production.

The announcement comes two months after Tetra Pak announced a €100 million investment in a new regional packaging material manufacturing facility in Vietnam, to build the company’s manufacturing footprint in Asia, alongside existing production facilities in Singapore, India and Japan.

“We are extremely positive about the growth outlook in our region and are quite confident that the new closures plant will help us open many new opportunities,” adds Michael Zacka.

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Ardagh Group to Invest in Rugby Plant

Ardagh Group, a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, has announced an important investment in its Rugby manufacturing plant  for the purpose of converting its beverage can production capabilities from steel to aluminium. This venture will serve to support committed partnership agreements with some of the most well-established beverage brands in the world.  The timeline for the conversion involves project commencement in Q4 2017 and with an anticipated completion in Q1 2018.

The investment in the UK plant’s manufacturing capabilities signals a clear intent from Ardagh Group in the continued development of its recently acquired beverage can business. “We look at this conversion as a key move in furthering Ardagh’s overall footprint and are confident it will be welcomed by our customers, the Rugby plant and our other key stakeholders,” says Oliver Graham, CEO Ardagh Metal Beverage.

The Rugby UK plant was first established in 1989 as a two-line aluminium plant. In 1996, the plant was converted to steel to support customer needs at that time.  Processes within the plant are currently being optimised via Ardagh’s Wrexham plant and other locations acrossEurope to ensure that customer expectations continue to be met during the plant’s downtime.

Metal is a permanent material meaning it can be infinitely recycled without loss of quality. Universally recognised for its protective qualities, versatility and environmental credentials, metal has the strongest recycling rates of all packaging materials in Europe, thus effectively contributing to the fundamental principles of a circular economy.

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Dedicated Food and Drink Workshop Arrives at Packaging Innovations 2017

For the first time at Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2017, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, will be hosting a series of intimate and topical sessions in a dedicated ‘mini’ theatre for the food and drink industries. The programme of presentations will take place during the UK’s leading packaging event on 1 & 2 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The sessions will explore how organisations can ensure the strength, integrity of packaging, and correct physicochemical characteristics of their packaging so that it protects and preserves products as they move through the supply chain. Campden BRI will also discuss packaging solutions which do not adversely affect the product by interacting and causing taints or loss of quality. Presentations will include ‘The role of packaging in optimising quality’, ‘EU food contact material rules’, ‘Open surgery time – meet the experts’, ‘Understanding migration testing’ and ‘Food packaging: shape colour and texture’.

Visitors will also be able to take part in a ‘Spot the defect’ competition on the Campden BRI stand. The winner will be awarded a free place on the Campden BRI ‘Food contact materials’ seminar, worth over £300.

During the two-day event, the Campden BRI ‘mini’ Theatre will run alongside five other seminar theatres packed with educational content, delivered by major names including Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover and Mondelēz International. There will also be a series of interactive show features, including the Innovation Showcase, The Drinks Symposium, The Great Innovation Debate, The Packaging Consultancy Clinic and The BIG Print Debate.

In addition to this, visitors will have access to 350 leading international suppliers who will be demonstrating the latest products and services which span the entire supply chain from design to machinery and materials to contract packing services.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

The success of the preferred supplier partnership between Ishida Europe and Tulip, one of the UK’s leading food processing companies, is ideally demonstrated by the latest installation of Ishida equipment at Tulip’s factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, where a bespoke line is handling 2.7 tonnes of frozen cocktail sausages every hour. With each cocktail sausage weighing approximately 10g, this equates to an impressive 270,000 sausages per hour.

The Ishida solution comprises both a 24 head and a 14 head multihead weigher from the company’s top-of-the-range RV series, the 24 head feeding a thermoformer while the 14 head is operating in conjunction with a vertical bagmaker.  Ishida also supplied the elaborate feed system, the gantry for the weighers and a bespoke tray filling system, together with a DACS-W-012 checkweigher for final weight control.

Key to the success of the new line is its ability to manage the high volume throughput with minimal product giveaway, and also its flexibility in coping with a variety of packing and production requirements.   The line has been designed to feed the sausages either to the 24 head weigher, which packs them into thermoformed trays for many of the UK’s leading retailers, or to the 14 head model which packs them into bags, mainly for the foodservice sector.

After manufacture and frying, the sausages enter a spiral freezer where they emerge at the top and are fed into the packing operation. It is particularly vital to ensure that production continues uninterrupted, and the system therefore has the ability to divert product for temporary storage – WIP (Work In Progress) as it is termed – while work is carried out on the line, for example a changeover of pack formats.

Product is then fed back to the weighing and packing system to return the packing operation to full speed.

In addition, the line is linked to another processing and packing line in the factory so that product on this line can be easily switched over to cope with high demand – for example, sales of certain products can increase by anything up to 20% when a sunny weekend has been forecast.

Centralised control of the line ensures these changes can be carried out quickly and efficiently.

The 24 head weigher is split into 4 sections with six weigh heads dedicated to each quarter of the weigher, in order to handle the sausages as efficiently as possible and maximise throughput.  The weighed cocktail sausages then pass through a 4×4 configuration filling system above the thermoformer that fills 16 trays at a time at 12 cycles per minute.

Typical speeds are 192 packs per minute for a 220g tray, 180 for a 345g tray and 150 for the 480g size.  The 14 head weigher is operating at around 50 bags per minute for 4kg packs.

With each sausage weighing approximately 10g, pinpoint accuracy is vital and this is an area where the Ishida weighers perform consistently well, according to Tulip’s Project Engineering Manager Rob Hunt, who was responsible for the entire installation.

“We needed a solution that combined accuracy and speed and the Ishida weighers are consistently delivering minimal giveaway at an impressive consistency,” he comments.  “They are also very reliable, easy to use and our operators love them. We refer to this line as the ‘hungry monster’ as it is able to handle nearly anything we throw at it in terms of production throughput.”

The factory operates two eight-hour shifts, five days a week, with a comprehensive clean of the line every night in accordance with Tulip’s stringent hygiene standards.

The hygienic waterproof design of the Ishida RV weighers is certified to IP-69K specification. Features include upgraded seals and gaskets, angled surfaces for rapid wash down and water run off (ensuring faster drying times) and reduced crevices in bushings and hoppers, which help to eliminate bacteria traps.  As a result, the RV weighers installed at Tulip offer maximum hygiene while minimising downtime for cleaning.

The new line was part of a major investment project co-ordinated by Rob Hunt. This involved an extension to the existing building, which was built, fitted out and the line installed as a self-contained unit before the internal wall (which had been the original exterior wall) was removed to join up the new area with the rest of the factory.

“Our close working relationship with Ishida and our other suppliers was crucial to the success of the project,” Rob continues.  “We were very clear about what was required and we worked as a team to ensure this could be achieved.  In this way, any potential issues or problems could be identified, dealt with and solved early in the process so that they did not slow down or affect the progress of the job.”

The result was a project that was delivered on time and on budget.

The new line at the Ruskington site joins a variety of Ishida equipment which has been installed there over the years including five multihead weighers, three QX-1100 tray sealers and nine DACS-W checkweighers.

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Global Brands Take to the Stage at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover, 2 Sisters Food Group, Mondelēz International, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Marks & Spencer are just some of the major brands taking to the stage at Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2017.​

The UK’s leading packaging show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017 for its twelfth edition, will host over 30 hours of practical and educational content, across five theatres. It will also feature experts from Co-Op, Danone Nutricia, Smithers Pira, Terracycle, Touch Pack Design, Root, the Environmental Services Association and Bunzl.

The age of e-commerce has added another level of complexity to the packaging process as organisations must find ways to reduce waste, minimise damage whilst pleasing customers throughout the journey of the package. With this in mind, two of the world’s leading exponents of e-commerce packaging, Amazon’s Brent Nelson, Senior Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, and Justine Mahler, Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, will give visitors an insight into the best-in-class solutions when designing packaging for e-commerce.

Sustainability is arguably one of the hottest topics in packaging at the moment, with forecasts predicating that the global sustainable packaging market will be reach $303.60 Billion by 2020. Innocent Drinks has always had sustainability at its heart, with this in mind, its Sustainability Manager, Simon Reid, will present ‘Leaving things better than we find them’. During his talk, Simon will look at how Innocent ensures its supply chain meets not only environmental and social minimum standards, but how it is constantly striving to reduce waste and the amount of energy and water it uses. He will also explore Innocent’s historical work on pushing the boundaries for packaging, as well as its plans for the next few years.

In today’s digitally driven world convenience is king. Consumers have the luxury of being able to access what they want, when they want it. So how do businesses meet these consumer needs while growing in a responsible way? Continuing with the sustainability theme will be Tracy Sutton, Packaging Design and Brand Sustainability Consultant at Root. Tracy will explore the benefits of having a strategic approach to packaging design that is specific to your brand. She will share her perspective on the complex issues of recycling and composting and contrast this with a simple, holistic design approach that can reap increased benefits.​

Launching and maintaining manufacturing operations abroad is a challenging task in so many ways. With this in mind, Theodoros Striftompolas, International Packaging Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, will present ‘High performance packaging behind the high performance cars’. He will detail how the JLR International Packaging team oversees the design, development and management of the packaging of parts, which are to be fitted in the firm’s international plants, and the challenges faced and the opportunities that arise during this process.

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at Co-Op is exploring the circular economy and what it means for packaging. As part of this he will explain Co-Op’s approach to improving packaging recyclability.

David Tonkin, Group Packaging Development Manager at 2 Sisters Food Group, will be presenting a case study-led session, focusing on creating a food brand for the online world. David will detail how the brand was created, the design explorations, how the designs were brought to life and how it was all delivered to market.

Frits Brinkerhof, Business Project Director at Danone Nutricia, and Martin Bunce, Principle Consultant at Tin Horse, will share the successful design approach used for developing the new Aptamil Profutura infant nutrition pack. Martin and Frits will also talk about an ‘Agile Innovation’ approach, which analyses how to design for an uncertain world, where change is the only constant.

Anyone looking to add value and increase brand loyalty through functionality will not want to miss the talk by Steven Hind, Head of Marketing at Lucozade Sport & Lucozade Ribena Suntory, and Heidi Maxwell, Managing Director of Touch Pack Design. The presentation will explore Lucozade’ s desire to entice more people to buy its sports drink by designing a revolutionary drinks bottle, pinpointing the consumer’s need for a lightweight yet strong bottle, addressing three key barriers to purchase; efficacy, value and relevance.

These seminars and case studies are selected to provide inspiration and practical guidance on packaging, label and print issues. To see the full line-up and to register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Hula Hoops Enhances its Playful Side With Rebrand

Hula Hoops has revealed its new packaging design, its first rebrand in over a decade. The fresh look was developed by award-winning branding consultancy Coley Porter Bell. The agency was tasked with helping Hula Hoops to reclaim lead status as the family snack of choice, through enhancing the inherent fun of the product story, and leveraging appetite appeal.

In order to convey the brand’s playful nature in the packaging design, Coley Porter Bell removed any non-essential effects, and incorporated new dynamic hoops which rotate speedily around the logo, highlighting the brand USP and the thing consumers love about the product.

Craig Barnes, Design Director at Coley Porter Bell, comments: “It was a fantastic opportunity to help a well-known and much-loved brand become once again the hero of its category. We thoroughly enjoyed the task to revive the iconic status of Hula Hoops, whilst bringing it up to date for the modern consumer. Coley Porter Bell has launched three new products under the Hula Hoops brand name since 2012, and the role of this new design is to sit masterfully at the top of the brand architecture, with a single minded design thought that is powerfully executed.”

Vijay Bhardwaj, Head of Marketing & Formats, KP Snacks adds: “Consumers love the playful nature of the product. Because of this we chose a deliberately evolutionary design with strong branding that enhances the product story simply but powerfully.”

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Yoplait Launches Market-first Liberté Yogurt Pouches in the UK

Yoplait, part of the General Mills group, is investing £3 million in the Liberte brand above the line over the next six months and is now launching yogurt pouches under the Liberté brand in a category first for adult chilled yogurt formats. Liberte Pouches will be supported with a massive consumer sampling campaign targeting more than 250,000 samples across the next few months through high street, event and offices to reach consumers in the on-the-go occasion.

Currently available in Tesco and Sainsbury’s and soon to be available in Spar and Nisa, the creamy thick yogurt comes in 130g portions in Blueberry and Raspberry fruit flavours in the new pouch design. Liberté yogurt is made from 100% naturally sourced ingredients, rich in protein with a thick, rich texture and contains 0% fat. The product is similar in taste and texture to Greek yogurt, which is the strongest growth segment in the category, enjoying an increase of 15% in value sales versus last year[1].

The pouches are aimed at health conscious, active consumers between 20-40 years who are looking for a healthy, convenient, portable snack while on the go.

This is a packaging style that has proven success in other international markets such as Australia where it represents 25% of leading brands’ sales and opens up the on-the-go yogurt market. According to Yoplait category research, this on-the-go occasion presents a £30 million category opportunity for yogurt through driving incremental usage. (GM estimate over 3 years, based on Kantar Usage Panel).

Jo Abram, Marketing Manager at General Mills, says: “We are excited to launch this market-first product into the UK market. The Liberté pouches are the perfect solution for the busy on-the-go consumers of today, offering a convenient, portable, healthy and protein-rich snack. We look forward to initial consumer feedback on this innovative new packaging design.”

General Mills UK is part of General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, which operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2016 global net sales of US $17.6 billion. In the UK General Mills markets and distributes much-loved consumer brands including Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Green Giant sweetcorn and Jus-Rol pastry.

[1] IRI data 52 w/e 5th Nov 2016

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Worldstar For RPC’s Twist Cup With Screw Lid

An innovative packaging solution from RPC Superfos and RPC Promens for a range of premium cold salads from Orkla Foods Norway has been awarded a prestigious WorldStar 2017 in the international packaging competition.

The pack successfully mixes two different resin materials and two different technologies to create a thermoformed twist cup with an injection moulded lid.   The result has similarities with a traditional glass jar which makes it stand out as something special in the cold salad segment. In spite of the challenges that come from using two different resin materials, perfect compatibility between the thermoformed polyethylene body and the injection moulded lid of propylene has been achieved. The lid latches into the locking groove of the cup and, when closed correctly, the consumer hears a comforting click-sound.

Orkla Foods Norway entrusted RPC Superfos Lidköping (Sweden) and RPC Promens Kambo (Norway) with the assignment to develop an out of the ordinary pack to emphasise the high-end appeal of their salads.

“It is a major accolade to receive a WorldStar and we are all very pleased, not least because the award acknowledges a project for which we combined the capabilities and technologies of both RPC Superfos and RPC Promens,” comments Thomas Winkler, Area Sales Manager at RPC Superfos Lidköping.

“We are proud to get the positive attention which comes with a WorldStar award,” confirms Tore Lund, Senior Project Engineer, RPC Promens Kambo.  “It has been a privilege to cooperate with Orkla Foods Norway and to get the opportunity to demonstrate our innovative expertise.”

The twist cup with screw lid went forward to the WorldStar competition following its winning of a ScanStar 2016 in the Nordic Packaging competition. It was also shortlisted for the Danish FoodTech Award 2016.

Organised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) the WorldStar Competition is the pre-eminent international award in packaging.  The 2017 Awards presentation ceremony takes place during Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany in May.

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A.M.P Rose – The Packaging and Processing Machinery Specialist

Established over 35 years ago, A.M.P Rose is one of the world’s leading machine builders, process and packaging solutions provider for the confectionery, chocolate and snack industries.

A.M.P Rose has evolved and developed immensely since its humble beginnings in 1978. It has managed to transform from a small supplier of rebuilt packaging machines for the confectionery industry, to a greatly successful machine builder with international renown and nearly 75% of its products being exported to over 80 countries world wide.

The wide range of new machines include cut and wrap machines for all styles of wrapping, chocolate moulding lines, chocolate wrapping, specific machines for production and packaging of hard candies, laboratory range for trials and small-scale production, as well as revolutionary feeding systems for multi-packing flow wrap machines.

Recent Addition

One of the more recent additions to the A.M.P Rose family is the ‘700/1000’ chocolate moulding line. It is available in multiple widths to suit specific customer applications and outputs. The depositor is capable of producing centre-filled products through the ‘one-shot’ method. Centres such as caramel, praline, fondant etc. can be used. It can also produce chocolate slabs with whole nuts and raisins, or with finely chopped inclusions.

The ‘750/755’ range is an extremely versatile yet low-cost cut and wrap machine which offers production speeds of up to 750 pieces/minute.

The moulding lines are from modular design, which gives them flexibility for any changes that a customer may want to do to the line in the future. Some of the changes that can be achieved include extending the cooling tunnel if the customer decides to change the product going through the line, or if they need to add a biscuit or wafer placing unit in their production. This flexibility gives consideration to a company’s future growth, and fast moving market changes that chocolate manufacturers need to adapt to at any time.

Of all the equipment A.M.P Rose produce, the specialist skill is in the design, manufacture and operation of cut and wrap machinery. The secret is not just in the production of the machine, but in adapting it to suit the different product and wrapping material characteristics that can be encountered.

The ‘750/755’ range is an extremely versatile yet low-cost cut and wrap machine which offers production speeds of up to 750 pieces/minute. The machine is capable of producing confectionery products such as bubble gum, hard candy, chewy sweets and toffees in various different wrapping styles. As well as the traditional double twist or folded ends, versions of the 750 can also produce lollipops, products with a visible design (‘whirl’ machine), cigarette style wraps, and also long bars up to 152mm in length.

Exciting Developments

NR10 machine.

2016 has seen some exciting developments in the company, as they have moved into a new purpose built factory in early January 2016. The new factory has over 100,000 sq/ft of floor space incorporating all departments – machine design featuring 3D CAD/CAM software, a modern machine and fabrication shop with CNC machine tools, software design department, metal finishing as well as electrical and mechanical assembly and testing areas.

This is not the only change of 2016 as the company logo has been changed. “We believe that this more modern design reflects our growth and professional approach to business,” says Adam Malpass, Marketing Manager. “In addition it signals a new beginning for the company and the next chapter of the company’s history.”

Coinciding with this, a brand new website had been launched as well, with the aim to make it easier to use and help to showcase the company’s capabilities as a premium supplier of food processing and packaging equipment.

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Sustainability Supported by Proseal’s E-Seal® Technology

Heat sealing manufacturer Proseal has successfully supplied Cargill with equipment for an extended period of 15 years, producing over 150 tool sets and most recently multiple GT2 and GT2ex Twin machines to keep up with their continuing growth of production.

Cargill’s sustainability efforts are supported by Proseal’s constant drive to reduce power consumption. Proseal has developed a revolutionary high performance, high precision, high force electrical delivery system, that dramatically reduces air consumption normally associated with high speed tray sealing machinery up to 90%, delivering important energy and cost savings.

A Proseal machine fitted with the E-Seal® high force electric heat seal system benefits from an increased seal force of 600%, but consumes only 8% of the air that a machine fitted with an equivalent standard pneumatic cylinder would use.

Other benefits from this system include; the potential to increase machine productivity through a reduced seal time, improved MAP processes through ensuring accurate gas flush positioning and reducing gas flush cycle times.

The innovative E-seal® sealing system is available across Proseal’s range of automatic and semi-automatic tray sealers.

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ULMA Packaging’s Solutions Are Perfect Catch For Seafood Firm

Seasonal catches are the busiest time of the year for seafood processors so it’s imperative that packaging machinery left idle for long periods of time can be restored to action quickly and reliably, with the minimum of fuss, to help meet demand during these peak periods. ULMA Packaging Ltd is helping leading seafood processor Denholm Seafoods improve efficiency and increase its future capacity by supplying two TFS 600 Thermoformers for intermittent packing of whole round Mackerel and Herring at the firm’s modern quayside facility in Peterhead.

Denholm Seafoods, which supplies global markets with both fresh and frozen fish landed by modern vessels who are partners of Denholm Seafoods, required packaging equipment that could help speed the delivery of these seasonal fish from processing to despatch.

Close collaboration with its packaging partner, coupled with ULMA’s equipment expertise for bulk packing, has been essential in getting the 20kg cartons of Mackerel and Herring processed quickly during the intense pressure of the production season, according to Denholm Seafoods’ Managing Director, Robert Duthie.

He says: “One of our competitors recommended ULMA and they’ve not let us down. We don’t run a normal operation each and every day. We work in peaks and troughs throughout the year and required a packaging supplier that could adapt to seasonal production. The Thermoformers are performing excellently, working well getting our products to market with minimum delay.

“We know we are not working the machines to their full capability but we can increase capacity if we need to. The co-operation we have had from ULMA has been excellent. I have been impressed with how quickly they respond to our needs. It’s more than likely that we will increase capacity in the next two or three years and we know that ULMA can help us achieve that goal.”

ULMA’s TFS Thermoformers are the most hygienic on the market thanks to an innovative design, which provides easy access for deep cleaning to help food manufacturers meet and even surpass the most exacting regulatory standards demanded by today’s seafood industry.

In addition to standard thermoformers, which are especially suitable for fish, ready meals, fresh meat, processed meat, poultry, cheese and pates, ULMA also offer a range of equipment combined with Darfresh skin film, which uses roll stock material to create a vacuum skin consumer pack that fits around the product like a second skin to extend shelf life.

One of the country’s leading suppliers of packaging machinery and complete automated lines, ULMA can supply thermoforming solutions tailor-made to suit customers’ requirements with its range which starts from the TFS 200 up to TFS 700 skin, with the TFS 500 and TFS 600 as intermediate models.

Packaging solutions offered by ULMA include vacuum bags to extend shelf life, packs with modified atmosphere (MAP), skin packs designed to follow the shape of the food and the option to display the pack vertically, shrink pack for different-shaped products and packs formed to match the contour of the item’s shape.

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GEA Awarded Large-scale Contract For Nutritional Powders Plant in New Zealand

GEA has been awarded a contract by Mataura Valley Milk to construct a nutritional powders plant in McNab near to Gore in the south island of New Zealand. The plant will process fresh milk and ingredients into added value nutritional powders as well as standard skim milk and whole milk powders. The value of the order to GEA is a figure in the mid double-digit millions (EUR).

The new plant, expected to begin production for the 2018 season, will produce around 140 tonnes of nutritional powder per day. Included in the GEA scope is a milk reception and standardisation plant, powdered and liquid ingredients handling, batch formulation, evaporation and drying, powder handling and filling into 25kg bags. It will also feature a high degree of process automation and product traceability. Energy efficiency and environmental impact have also been a key focus in the plant design. 

Jürg Oleas.

Mataura Valley Milk is majority-owned by Chinese Animal Husbandry Group (CAHG), a Chinese company. Roughly half of the premium nutritional powder produced by the new plant will be exported to China, where Mataura Valley Milk expects steady growth in demand for this product. 

“This contract, which was long-awaited to win by GEA, serves as further proof of our technological leadership and strong market position in the field of dairy processing,” explains Jürg Oleas, CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft. “It also demonstrates the continuing investment appetite of our customers as they attempt to satisfy the growing consumer demand on the Chinese market for milk-based infant formula and other high-quality milk products – and that in an environment impacted by regulatory changes. Although the challenging economic conditions mean that GEA’s order intake in the fourth quarter of 2016 will not repeat the record level achieved in the same quarter of the previous year, we are confident that customers throughout the world will continue to invest in our process technologies and place major orders for all product areas and applications.”

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Tetra Pak Gets Closer to Fully Renewable Packaging Goal with New Aseptic Carton

Tetra Pak has launched a new version of Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30. This is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials.

The new package is manufactured using a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte, the Belgium-based accreditation agency that is world-recognised for assessing the renewable content of packaging products.

The new package also boasts up to 17% lower carbon footprint than a standard package, according to an independent lifecycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Increasing the use of renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time, plays an increasingly important role in mitigating resource scarcity and climate change,” says Philippe Dewolfs, President of the Certification Committee from Vinçotte “This is the only aseptic carton package we have certified so far and it has qualified for four-star certification.”

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak, says: “There is a growing trend that consumers want to do more for the planet, and they want brand owners to help. With the authentic certification from Vinçotte, our new package gives customers credible information to communicate with consumers, and helps them differentiate their products.

“Our ultimate goal is to produce all of our packages using only sustainably-managed renewable materials.  Launching the new Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is a significant milestone for us on that journey.”

The new version of Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is available to customers globally. Switching to the new version requires no additional capital equipment investment.

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Quality in the Spotlight at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Over 280 leading suppliers are already signed up for Packaging Innovations 2017, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017. Not only does the UK’s leading packaging event boast its largest exhibitor base to date, but it has also increased the level of innovation on offer, with more organisations launching new products and services than ever before.

Aegg Creative Packaging is officially launching its brand new service ‘mini-Aegg’ at Packaging Innovations 2017. It will allow food outlets and food producers to order smaller quantities of Aegg’s off-the-shelf premium plastic food packaging range, which is ideal for smaller, emerging businesses that are constrained by limited amounts of storage space or require smaller amounts of packaging. At the launch, Aegg will be introducing a range of over 20 of its premium packaging products to choose from within the mini-Aegg service.

Following the same theme will be Involvement Packaging, discussing its new division called OiPPS. This e-commerce brand that offers plastic and metal containers and packaging to smaller businesses and home-based start-up organisations. It provides a flexibility in selection, being able to tailor requirements to the customer’s needs. There are no minimum order quantities and customers can select a range of delivery options.

PackagingInnovation2013LadyClondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast will be introducing two new additions to its market leading stand up pouch range, which offers sustainable, user friendly solutions, as well as food protection and extended shelf life. Also on display will be Clondalkin’s high barrier lidding film for plastic cups or trays, multi-layer laminates with aluminium, microwaveable packaging for frozen snacks, and printed bags.

Martina Fidder, Sales Manager at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast, says: “We are very excited with the developments we have been making across our product range and are looking forward to sharing them with visitors at the show. As we’re based in the Netherlands this is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our technical expertise and innovative product range to the UK market.”

Debuting its new its M-Lock© tamper evident carton will be Firstan Cartons. The new system has a tamper evident built in mechanism. This removes the need for further processing, such as applying glue or tamper labels.

Greenearth Food Packaging will use Packaging Innovations 2017 as the launchpad for two new products. The first is Bran Tableware, which is made from 100 per cent bran fibre and includes plates, bowls, platters and cutlery. The second is Wood Carrier Trays, which are suitable for ready meals, vegetables and salad.

Those looking for glass-like clarity from polypropylene (PP), the Milliken Europe stand will feature the launch of UltraClear Polypropylene which is clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series. This offers customers a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials. In addition to offering exceptional aesthetics, the material is also very efficient with the lowest weight potential for thermoforming and sheet packaging. It has excellent heat resistance that further extends applications by enabling microwaveability and hot fill capability.

Advanta will be exhibiting its wide range of both smoothwall and wrinklewall foil containers. The smoothwall trays have a smooth rim, which allows them to be hermetically heat-sealed with standard film on high speed machines. Gas flushing techniques can also be incorporated into the filling and sealing phases of meal production. Its wrinklewall range is perfect for bakery, take-away, catering, convenience meals and desserts.

Croxsons will be focusing on adding value to glass packaging through a variety of advanced decoration techniques and closures. It will also be displaying its stunning decoration on its The House of Erick bottle live at the show.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, or via the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

Driven by busy ‘time poor’ lifestyles and an ageing population, the convenience food market continues to flourish. With growing demand for products that have longer shelf life, can be eaten on the move, are simple to use and boast more innovative packaging formats, Loma Systems is highlighting the suitability of its high performance combination X5c X-ray and Checkweighing unit for inspecting frozen and chilled ready meals and food-to-go options. The two integrated ‘detect and weigh’ technologies ensure food safety for brand protection, and consistency in weight, size and shape.

As well as ready meals, there is an increasing trend for portable meal options that are normally consumed off premises, with retailers continuously developing new food products that make eating on the move easier, but that also offer authenticity, premium quality and healthier choices.

Ready meals and food-to-go products often contain multiple elements or ingredients packaged in different compartments, include additional items like cutlery or condiments, and have high salt content. Plus many snacks such as nuts and cereals fluctuate in density which can make it difficult to find foreign bodies. All of these variants can create inspection challenges for convenience food manufacturers.

Capable of weighing products while simultaneously inspecting for foreign bodies in one compact and easy to use format, Loma’s X5c X-ray combination system (pictured) has been specially developed with ready meal and food-to-go processors and packers in mind. The technologically advanced machine detects physical contaminants whilst ensuring perfect product presentation and quality assurance with fill level and seal inspection, mass measurement and component counts. It can also identify lumps of product including seasoning or powder.

Loma’s X5c X-ray combination system can be easily integrated where production space is limited and helps manufacturers adhere to the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards and meet major retailers’ codes of practice. The X5c X-ray machine can be bolted on to an existing CW3 Checkweigher as one unit for truly effective Critical Control Point (CCP) detection.

Built to Loma’s ‘Designed to Survive’ specifications, the X5c X-ray combination unit, including reject facility, measures just 2.5 metres in length. Produced from stainless steel, the complete combination unit is lead free and offers an unrivalled IP55 wash down design. Capable of running at speeds up to 150 packs per minute, it is operated using two independent control panels and has separate reject bins for out of weight and contaminated products.

Convenience foods packaged in foil and metallised film, as well as changes in product temperature and moisture content have no effect on the sensitivity of the foreign body inspection capabilities of Loma’s X5c.

The X5c reduces the cost of ownership of X-ray technology by 30% when compared to the company’s other X5 models, making it ideal for food companies keen to make the switch to X-ray for the first time or to replace lower performance ferrous-in-foil twin head metal detectors. This fully specified system offers good quality contaminant inspection using a reduced number of well-proven subcomponents and streamlined design.

The X5c is multilevel password protected for improved data management, which means the system can log events against individual operators. It is ideal for the detection of all metal types, glass, calcified bone, rubber and stone in various packaging. The machine is capable of handling products up to 100mm (height) x and 300mm (width) and weighing no more than 6kg – making it ideal for a wide range of inspection applications.

With significant energy saving benefits and providing the best balance of processing power to inspection, the X5c X-ray machine incorporates a detector array with 0.8mm diode pitch

offering a low 80 watt power consumption and self-contained high efficiency X-ray generator. A simple, effective cooling mechanism ensures long tank life and maintenance-free operation.

Loma’s range of CW3 checkweighers offer peace of mind that every packed product leaving the production line will have the correct weight and meet strict legal or retailer requirements.

Like the X5c, the CW3 checkweigher is designed for operation in the toughest of production environments. It boasts quick change conveyor parts and powerful AC motors plus the tubular framework delivers a hygienic design but is flexible if transport or reject systems need to be changed.

For further information visit www.loma.com.

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SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices in the frozen fruit and vegetable sector hasintensified, following several high-profile food contamination outbreaks. Bühler, a global leader in optical sorting technology for the removal of foreign material (FM) contamination, has addressed this and claims to have developed the most hygienic optical sorter available today, to help reduce the risk of microbial contamination.

As part of its research to understand the root causes of contamination, Bühler experts undertook extensive analysis of food safety risks, based on recalls in Europe and the USA. In most cases, they found that the problem could be traced back to the accumulation of food in certain locations within the machinery, particularly hollows, crevices and other areas with poor accessibility for cleaning.

Bühler product manager, Stephen Jacobs, explains: “The past couple of years in particular have seen some very high profile cases of product contamination. For instance, earlier this year there was a major listeria outbreak in the United States[1] that was traced back to a frozen fruit and vegetable processing plant. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said inspectors found chipped and cracked plastic on parts of the plant equipment, which also did not allow for proper cleaning and maintenance.

“Thorough and regular cleaning of food processing facilities and equipment is the cornerstone of good manufacturing practice and one of the key pre-requisites for maintaining hygiene standards. To ensure that the SORTEX F meets the highest possible hygiene specifications, Bühler’s food hygiene team has worked closely with institutions such as EHEDG and Campden BRI.  This included the testing of machine materials for long-term robustness and its design for trouble-free cleaning and maintenance.”

The SORTEX F features a pioneering retractable chute that can be repositioned to allow operators to physically step inside and access internal areas of the machine.  Sloped surfaces ensure that all product residue runs off, eliminating the risk of product build up.  The finish of all metal surfaces complies with the recommended requirement for safe food contact and all polymer materials are resistant to high pressure washer jets and compliant to FDA regulations.  Attention has been paid to the smallest details, such as the use of spacer brackets, to create access for cleaning between components, where bacteria could otherwise harbour undetected.  The resulting machine is an unrivalled convergence of innovations, to improve hygiene standards in the food industry.

For food processors, it has never been more important to have state-of-the-art hygienic equipment to help meet the most stringent food safety specifications. The SORTEX F optical sorter, with its innovative open access, for quick, easy and thorough cleaning, has been designed to prevent the build up of pathogenic bacteria that can induce food-borne diseases such as Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria and Norovirus.

Well designed hygienic equipment such as the SORTEX F also brings tangible benefits for food manufacturers and processors. Not only does it reduce the risk of contamination – and, thereby, minimise the possibility of costly product recall – it also increases productivity, as less water, chemicals, time and people are needed for cleaning. Unquestionably, product changeover is shorter due to faster cleaning and so too is inspection and maintenance, due to good accessibility and easy dismantling.

Adds Jacobs “Overall, hygienic design contributes to more consistent product quality with less out-of-spec products, lower risk of spoilage, a better shelf life and thus less waste. By helping to reduce the risk of contamination, whether FM or bacterial, we are making food safer and, ultimately, saving food.”

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/us/listeria-outbreak-frozen-fruits-and-vegetables-recall.html?_r=1

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Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

Whyte & Mackay, the global drinks brand company, is working with leading software vendor Ideagen to improve quality, safety and compliance management at its bottling operations. Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software has been rolled out across Whyte & Mackay’s plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, to improve document and audit management and ease compliance with standards such as BRC.

Q-Pulse, an electronic quality management system, has replaced a series of paper based processes helping the organisation improve all aspects of its operations, including enhancing levels of safety reporting.

Norman Elliott, Compliance Manager at Whyte & Mackay, says: “The management of document control and easing of compliance were huge drivers for us ahead of this project. Previously we had been using a series of manual systems and processes which were becoming dated and at times a hindrance to what we were trying to do in regards to both quality and safety.

whytemackaylogo“After choosing Q-Pulse and implementing the software, everything we require is now in one system and for document management and control that is excellent. It means we no longer need to check if the correct processes are being followed or the most up-to-date documentation being used as the system does that for us automatically.”

He continues: “Q-Pulse has encouraged more ownership of the quality system across the entire bottling plant and also makes it easier to comply with standards such as BRC and ISO45001 (OHSAS 18001). Now, when we are audited, it’s a case of quickly and easily finding the information the auditor requires and also presenting them with the history of our actions. The auditor can historically see what we have done and why we have done it – quickening audit times and simplifying the compliance process.

“Previously, we would have been under pressure trying to prepare for those audits. But Q-Pulse is a one stop shop for us to go and find any quality, safety or compliance information that is required – whether that’s for our own internal staff or external auditors.”

Whyte & Mackay, based in Scotland and founded in 1844, produces single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, liqueurs and vodkas with brands including Whyte and Mackay Blended Scotch, The Dalmore, Jura and Fettercairn single malts; Glayva liqueur and Vladivar Vodka.

ideagenlogoSince implementing the Q-Pulse software within its bottling plant, the company has extended the system to adopt processes linked with health and safety, near miss reporting and safety improvement programmes.

Norman Elliott adds: “As well as the improvements from the quality side, Q-Pulse has helped us improve our investigations into safety incidents. Now, to get to the root cause of an incident, we can record corrective and preventive actions through the Q-Pulse incident management functionality, known as IMS, and this fits very nicely with our overall health and safety management. One of our major successes was in encouraging staff to come forward with safety improvement suggestions using Q-Pulse and its IMS functionality.  Our staff are taking more ownership in overall safety around the plant. By tackling safety in this proactive way, and because everything is recorded in the Q-Pulse system, we can show inspectors exactly how we have tried to prevent accidents.With Q-Pulse, we have been able to become more proactive in terms of risk and safety management.”

Ideagen’s Q-Pulse is used by over 2,200 organisations globally including some of the biggest names in the Manufacturing, Aviation, Rail, Energy and Life Science industries.

 

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Packaging Automation and Perfect Automation Form New Tray Sealing Machinery Partnership in Australian Market

British manufacturer, Packaging Automation (PA) which has a virtually unrivalled reputation for quality and choice in the tray sealing market across the UK, and further afield is setting out on an exciting road which it hopes will give it similar prestige in targeted export markets.

The company has signed an exclusive agreement with with Sydney based Perfect Automation Pty Ltd to represent PA and its range of tray sealing and pot filling machines in the Australian market.

Perfect Automation was chosen due to its reputation as a professional, reliable and service oriented organisation with an ability to offer local aftermarket service and support.

Perfect Automation supply, install and integrate a wide range of packaging solutions as well as design custom machinery to suit individual requirements.

Packaging Automation’s Commercial Director Sam Ashton is adamant there are major markets waiting to be tapped in Australia.  She says: “I know that our innovative, flexible, high speed machinery will be well received by a customer base going through a period of rapid change. We are seeing many products moving to new packaging formats such as film sealed trays and plastic pots which give consumers greater convenience. There is also an accelerated trend in the switch from clam shell packs for fresh produce to film sealed packs which is being driven by the need to reduce the cost of packaging.’’

She adds: ‘‘We were extremely impressed with the reputation that Perfect Automation has within the Australian packaging machinery sector and coupled with their experience of working with other established manufacturers  gave us every confidence in developing our business relationship.”

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Is It Time For a Reinvigoration of Product Carbon Footprint Labelling in Europe?

Companies that clearly demonstrate the climate change credentials of their products could secure a competitive and commercial advantage, with two thirds of consumers across the UK, France and Germany saying they would like to see a recognisable carbon footprint label on products. This was a key finding from a study of over 5,000 consumers across Europe’s three largest economies, which was conducted by YouGov for the Carbon Trust in the run up to this year’s international climate change negotiations in Marrakech.

This could create growth opportunities for greener products, services and brands, especially in France where three-quarters of the shoppers say they would feel more positive about a company that has reduced the carbon footprint of their products, of which 30 percent would feel much more positive. A majority of consumers in the UK and Germany felt the same, with 56 percent and 50 percent respectively saying they would also feel more positive.

“It is possible that we are seeing a ‘Paris Effect’ after the success of securing a global agreement on climate change last year,” says Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust. “Businesses that communicate their achievements in reducing emissions can secure a reputational advantage over competitors.”

Product carbon footprint labelling was originally introduced into Europe by the Carbon Trust in 2007, with major commitments from retailers and consumer goods companies. However, although carbon footprint labels are still found on supermarket shelves today, there has been an overall reduction in the use of labels as levels of consumer concern appeared to wane in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.

Carbontrustbutton.121509However, the survey did highlight an apparent value-action gap. Although a majority of consumers express that it is a good idea to use a carbon footprint label, just over half admit that they do not generally think about a product’s carbon footprint when making purchasing decisions.

But this is counterbalanced by a significant group of actively green consumers – approximately one in five shoppers in the UK, France and Germany that do consider climate change impact when making purchasing decisions. And 37 percent say that it is important for them to know that businesses they buy from are taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of their products.

“It seems we are reaching a tipping point,” Messem explains. “The demand for sustainable products is there in principle and actively green consumer behaviour is following in its wake. And this is not just happening in Europe. For example at the Carbon Trust we are actively working with the Chinese government on a major new scheme to enable greener purchasing behaviour, with a pilot taking place in Guangdong, which is an economic powerhouse of a province with a population of over 100 million.”

“We now have a binding global deal on climate change and consumer attitudes are shifting, which will create opportunities for companies with more sustainable products,” Messem adds. “Businesses need to be aware of the risks and opportunities that this will create. Environmental impact is increasingly a criteria for competition, alongside price and quality. Stronger regulation and changing consumer demand is a powerful combination, businesses that take early action and build sustainability into their brand will reap the rewards.”

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New Finance Director Appointed at Matcon

Matcon, the specialist in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems, has announced that Israr Ghulam has joined the company as Finance Director. Israr succeeds Stephen Ball who, as previously announced, was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Matcon in January 2016.

Israr will manage his duties alongside his other position as Finance and Site Director of Gast Europe (based in Redditch), which is also part of the IDEX Corporation.

An experienced finance professional, Israr has extensive corporate experience and joined IDEX in November 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director for Eaton, a Power Management Solutions provider.  This role involved the overseeing of Finance functions across two manufacturing sites, one in the West Midlands and another in France. Prior to this, Israr held a finance position at Mettler-Toledo, a respected supplier of Matcon.

Israr will be responsible for all elements of the finance function for Matcon and will ensure that Matcon’s finance team evolves in tandem with its business growth initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Israr said “Joining the Matcon team is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to working with the wider team as well as combining this role with my existing position at GAST.”

Headquartered at Evesham in the UK, Matcon specialise in providing IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems for handling and processing powders, granules, tablets and capsules. The company’s unique Cone Valve technology has a world-wide reputation built on 35 years of experience across the food, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

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PPMA Celebrates its 500th Member

The PPMA Group of Associations is celebrating a double run of success after it announced its 500th member as well as record bookings for the PPMA Show exhibition in 2017.

Minebea Intec, formerly known as Sartorius Intec, a leading supplier of weighing, line inspection and process control equipment, is the latest company to join the association. The company has recently undergone a significant rebrand following its move to Japanese group, Minebea.

Speaking about the decision to join the PPMA, Colin Maher, Country Manager – UK & Ireland, Minebea Intec, says: “Following our recent rebranding and a significant focus on investing in new technologies, the time was right to join the PPMA to build the company’s profile and highlight the new technological innovations we’ll soon be launching for the manufacturing industry. The PPMA provides us with a significant platform to highlight our new product range as well as networking with our peers and potential customers across the processing, packaging and manufacturing industries.”

Minebea Intec’s product portfolio includes platform scales, process vessel and silo scales, checkweighers and equipment for detecting foreign objects for the food industry and other industry segments.

The company will also make its debut at the PPMA Show at the NEC, Birmingham in September 2017, which will be co-located with Interplas, the UK’s leading plastics industry event. MineBea Intec will join more than 200 exhibitors that have already booked stand space at the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery.

Speaking about its record booking for 2017, David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager, says: “With more than 6,000 sq. meters already booked, we’re confident that the PPMA Show 2017 will be bigger and better than the previous edition in 2015. Interest was already strong at this year’s Total Show event where many of the stands were booked, 12 months in advance. We had over 7,300 visitors coming to discover the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities and look forward to welcoming returning and new visitors to the NEC next September for what’s set to be our biggest show yet.”

Leading companies such as Schubert, ULMA Packaging, ABB Robotics, Mettler Toledo and Beckhoff Automation are already confirmed to exhibit and will be joined by new exhibitors, such as PPMA’s 500th member, MineBea Intec and CPACK Packaging.

“This marks the end to a successful and memorable year and a great way to enter our 30th anniversary in 2017. We’ll soon be announcing plans to celebrate 30 years of helping the industry and look forward to continuing to create value for our members through the provision of new and improved services,” says Valerio Del Vecchio, PPMA Head of Marketing.

The PPMA Group of Associations comprises the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) and the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). It was founded in 1987 with just eight ‘founder’ companies and has since seen a substantial increase in membership as well as an expansion in the type of services offered.

It also launched PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training) in 2014 – a charity designed to encourage young people to enter and develop a career in engineering within the processing, packaging, robotics, automation and industrial vision supply industries through education, training and support.

Speaking about the PPMA Group, Dr Andrew Mint, PPMA Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome MineBea Intec as our 500th member. This is the biggest the PPMA has been since it launched in 1987 and we’re excited to build on this as we enter our 30th year. The industry continues to show resilience and we’re confident it will continue to build on recent momentum, with Brexit delivering a boost to exports and factory output beating economists’ forecasts. It’s a great time to be a part of an optimistic industry and we can’t wait to see how this continues to develop in the months ahead.”

For more information on the PPMA Group of Associations, please visit http://www.ppma.co.uk/ or call 0208 773 8111.

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Egemin to Build Third Automated High-bay Warehouse For Agristo

Belgian pre-fried and frozen potato products manufacturer Agristo is teaming up with Egemin Automation for the third time in a row for the construction of a new, fully automated high-bay deepfreeze warehouse. The new warehouse will be built in Wielsbeke (90 km West of Brussels) on a 25-hectare lot. Alongside the storage facilities, Agristo is also erecting new production buildings and green zones. The investment needs to support extra production capacity, further improve Agristo’s quality insurance and expand the company’s storage capacity.

Work started on the new site at the beginning of September. The warehouse will be nearly 45 metres high, and with 15 storage levels it will accommodate 50,000 pallets, or 35,000 tons of frozen fries. The warehouse is due to go into operation in autumn 2017. Agristo already has two Egemin high-bay warehouses in use, in Tilburg (2012) and Nazareth (2015).

agristotilburgegemincompressedEgemin is handling the complete intralogistics infrastructure and the automation of the warehouse operations. It is providing the warehouse racks for the clad rack structure, as well as the pallet stacker cranes, the conveyor system and pallet lifts that connect production and shipping with the high-bay warehouse. Agristo will use Egemin’s E’wms software for automatic control and management of its new warehouse and all transport systems.

“Automation means that it is easier for Agristo to guarantee the quality of its products,” says Marcel Spruijt, Sales Manager at Egemin. “The cold chain is never interrupted even for a moment. The pallet conveyor system automatically conveys the frozen fries from production to the high-bay warehouse. In addition, fewer actions are needed to move products to the warehouse, which reduces the risk of damage to the pallets and packaging.”

agristonazarethcompressedThe high-performance warehouse concept has a double outfeed conveyor system on two levels. This means that Agristo can handle large buffers very quickly making it possible to load trucks from the warehouse in barely 15-20 minutes.

Green Technology

The clad rack structure of the deepfreeze warehouse is designed to use energy sustainably. “The production and storage of frozen fries takes a lot of energy,” says Carmen Wallays, Procurement & Logistics Director at Agristo. “When designing this new project with Egemin, we therefore paid a lot of attention to efficiency, sustainability and the environment.”

As a result, the roof and wall insulation is thicker than the standard for deepfreeze warehouses. The pallet stacker cranes have an internal energy recovery system.The system collects the energy released during lowering and braking operations of the cranes and feeds the energy back into the power grid. In this way, the cranes save up to 20% energy, less heat is released into the warehouse and less cooling is required.

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Premier Foods Unveils New Look For Sharwoods

Premier Foods has revealed the new packaging design for the UK’s number one brand in Asian cuisine – Sharwoods – hitting the shelves this month in the UK and internationally. The vibrant design has been developed by award-winning branding consultancy, Coley Porter Bell.

Charged with increasing stand-out and helping consumers engage with the brand better, the agency used Visual Planning to identify an opportunity to take consumers on a culinary and sensorial journey with Sharwoods. Coley Porter Bell also developed a clear brand architecture helping navigation and allowing flexibility to accommodate future new product developments.

The new pack design features free brushstrokes comprised of vivid colours with the product’s name written in a free-form font giving a sense of adventure, modernity and impact on the shelf. Each of the ranges, Indian, Chinese and Thai is enveloped in a rich palette and symbols that are associated with the corresponding country.

James Ramsden, Executive Creative Director at Coley Porter Bell, comments:“Cooking sauces is a much more commoditized category than it used to be. For Sharwood’s, we had to elevate the brand to give consumers more of an experience – we wanted to bring to life the confidence and delicious sensations of cooking these foods.”

Yilmaz Erceyes, Category Marketing Director, Savoury Meals at Premier Foods, adds: “The magic ingredient CPB has is the unique way it approaches briefing, which is its Visual Planning™ workshop. This is where we create the design brief as a client and agency team together not with words but with images. I am convinced this was the key enabler for us to land on a brilliant new brand design for Sharwood’s that tested outstandingly well with consumers, significantly outperforming the previous design as well as the competitive set. I’m convinced this will be a key business driver for us in the new year.”

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Tetra Pak Launches New Water-free Lubrication Kit

Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment.  The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.

Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with oil, leaving both the equipment and factory floor wet. With the new solution, the process is nearly dry. It does not require the use of water but just very small quantities of oil. A drop of food grade oil roughly the size of a pea (80mm3) is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.

Tetra Pak dry lubrication kit.

Tetra Pak dry lubrication kit.

Unlike wet lubrication, which uses tens of thousands of litres of water, dry lubrication offers producers a number of advantages, including:

  1. An improved environmental footprint, saving an average of 35,000 litres of water per filling line each year and reduced electricity costs;
  2. A fully automated system that ensures precision;
  3. A 75% reduction in man-hours requested in maintenance; and
  4. Improved health and safety for staff on the operation floor.

Klara Svedberg, Director of Parts, Consumables and Upgrades at Tetra Pak, says: “We are pleased to offer a much more efficient lubrication solution to our customers, helping them to improve operational performance and reduce costs. With an estimated 50% reduction in running costs compared to wet lubrication, the benefits of switching to dry lubrication systems speak for themselves.”

The Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit includes the application systems, lubricant and installation. It takes approximately five minutes to install, thereby ensuring minimal disruption to operations.

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“Clean Supreme” Leads Top Trends For 2017

Growing calls for transparency throughout the supply chain are taking clean & clear label to a new and supreme level. This comes as the inherent benefits of plant-based products are being actively marketed to more health conscious consumers. “Clean Supreme” and “Disruptive Green” lead Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2017.

“Interest in naturalness and clean label continues to feature strongly,” according to Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights. “It has become somewhat of a running theme through our trends forecasts in recent years. In 2008, ‘Go Natural’ led our trends list, and since then the theme has featured each year in different forms, such as ‘Processed is Out’ in 2011, ‘From Clean to Clear Label’ in 2015 and ‘Organic Growth for Clear Label’ in 2016. This year, clean & clear is a theme weaving throughout the entire list, but is specifically the case for trend #1 (‘Clean Supreme’).”

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Innova Market Insights has revealed its top trends likely to impact the food industry in 2017 from its from its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drinks launch activity worldwide.

The top five trends for 2017 are:

  1. Clean Supreme: The rules have been rewritten and clean and clear label is the new global standard. The demand for total transparency now incorporates the entire supply chain, as a clean label positioning becomes more holistic. Trending clean supply chain claims include “environmentally friendly,” which has shown a CAGR growth of +72% from 2011-2015 and “animal welfare,” which has grown at +45% per year during this period.
  2. Disruptive Green: As plant-based milks, meat alternatives and vegan offerings have rapidly moved into the mainstream, consumers are looking for innovative options to take the inherent benefits of plants into their daily lives. Even dairy companies are now leveraging the functional and technical benefits of plants in new product development, driving more variety and excitement into their category. Innova Market Insights has reported CAGR of +63% for new product launches with a plant-based claim from 2011-2015.
  3. Sweeter Balance: Sugar is under pressure, although it remains the key ingredient delivering the sweetness and great taste that consumers are looking for. The quest to combine taste and health is driving NPD, as the industry faces the challenge of balancing public demand to reduce added sugars and create indulgent experiences, while at the same time presenting clean label products.
  4. Kitchen Symphony: Italian Lasagna is no longer enough – we want Melanzane Aubergine Al Forno! The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures. As a result, there is growing demand for greater choice and higher levels of authenticity in ethnic cuisines. At the same time, pride in local and regional foods is also seeing an upsurge in some countries, with a resulting rise in availability and authenticity of local cuisine.
  5. Body in Tune: Consumers are increasingly personalizing their own nutrition intake, making food choices based around what they think will make them feel better. They are also experimenting with free from products and specific diets like paleo and low FODMAP. At the same time, consumers continue to increase their intake of foods and beverages with ingredients that they consider to be healthy, like protein and probiotics.

The other trends identified by Innova Market Insights are:

6 Plain Sophistication

7 Encapsulating Moments

8 Beyond Pester Power

9 Fuzzy Borders

10 Seeds of Change.

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Swedish Drinking Yoghurt Switches to Tetra Pak’s New Carton Bottle

Consumers in Sweden now have an environmentally-sound choice for chilled drinking yoghurt, following the launch of a range of Skånemejerier products in Tetra Top 330 Mini Nallo. Skånemejerier, the leading dairy in southern Sweden, has become the first to use this new carton bottle from Tetra Pak.

“In the past, drinking yoghurt was packaged in plastic bottles, which has a far greater environmental impact than carton packages. Tetra Top Nallo is made mainly from paperboard from FSC™ certified forests and other controlled sources. Switching 2.1 million packs of our drinking yoghurt means we are cutting the use of plastic by more than 45 tons a year,” says Armina Nilsson, Sustainability Manager at Skånemejerier.

“This move is part of our wider commitment to care for animals and nature, and we are delighted that consumers are responding in a very supportive way. Consumer tests proved that they prefer these carton bottles to plastic packages, particularly from an environmental perspective,” Armina Nilsson adds.

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak, says: “The new Tetra Top 330 Mini Nallo is one of our latest innovations for younger generations. It has taken all aspects of their needs into account: their increasing interest in the environment, their demand for an appealing appearance, and their desire for a convenient package that they can drink from, re-seal, and carry around while on the go.”

With a V-shaped panel on one corner, Tetra Top Nallo allows brand owners to highlight their messages in the packaging design and make their product stand out on the shelf. At the same time, its tall and slender proportions offer the consumer an easy grip, while the wide opening makes the drinking experience smoother. In addition, the cap is a one-step opening and can be resealed securely.

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Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Recycle 70 Tonnes of PET Waste Annually

Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom.

According to Joe Franses, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners: “This example shows how we can turn the crisis of resources into a business opportunity through close collaboration across the value chain. Businesses which can be truly innovative with the products and services they provide, optimising the resources they use and encouraging consumers to do the same, have the potential to transform our economy.”

Xander van der Vlies, sustainability director for Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, says that CCEP wanted to further improve Smartwater production in line with its focus on recycling, sustainability and creating a circular economy: “Avery Dennison was a natural choice of partner for this project, given our ambitious year-on-year sustainability goals, and the various initiatives we promote around the reduction of waste created in the self-adhesive label value chain. We have close relationships both with PET UK and with CCEP’s waste management company Viridor, and together we have been able to establish a strategy that saves on waste and emissions while at the same time giving CCEP concrete business benefits and cost reductions.”

More than 50 million bottles of Smartwater were produced in 2015. The PET liners used (carrying the self-adhesive labels before dispensing) generated more than 40 tonnes of waste in that year, costing around £8,500 in disposal/handling costs. Under the new recycling scheme, PET UK shreds and extrudes the waste PET liner and then produces a material suitable for making new items such as PET staple fiber, strapping or thermoformable sheets. There will also be significant savings in CO2 emissions – around 180-200 tonnes in 2016.

Van der Vlies notes that creating awareness on PET recycling will continue: “Since we launched this initiative with PET UK in 2014, we have signed up many wine, spirits, beer, and beverage brands. Avery Dennison has set an ambitious sustainability goal for 2025 of eliminating 70% of liner waste from the industry value chain.”

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Limerick Packaging is Now FSC Accredited

Limerick Packaging has announced that it is now FSC accredited. “This was always going to be our next goal following ISO9001:2008 accreditation,” explains Sales Director, Mike Boland.

“We have always operated on the basis that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children, and given this, to be able to trace our papers back to managed forests is of paramount importance to us and our environment,” he adds.

limerickpackaging2november2016Limerick Packaging’s expertise is very much directed towards the design and production of Shelf Ready Packs (SRP’s) for the food industry, and printed in all formats such as Litho, Litho-Laminated corrugated, Flexo print, Post-Print Flexo and Pre-Print. Value Engineering programs have meant significant savings for the company’s customers where clever pack designs have led to better runnability or considerable reductions in production costs or logistics costs.

According to Mike Boland: “The secret to an easy life at work is to entrust your packaging requirements to us in Limerick Packaging, and we will reward that trust with top quality products at a reasonable price and delivered ‘On Time Everytime’. Our customer is King.”

Mike Boland adds: “We are not done yet. We will continue to strive for improvement with PEFC now firmly in our sights and we are also working towards OHSAS 18001.”

 

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A UK First For Scottish Salmon Company

The Scottish Salmon Company has become the first salmon producer in the UK to secure full GGN licensing, an international consumer labelling scheme which guarantees the quality of production and origin of fish and seafood. GGN labels enable consumers to identify products made from fish and seafood raised in GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms. GLOBALG.A.P. is one of the world’s leading farm assurance systems with strict criteria covering legal compliance, food safety, animal welfare, environmental practices and health & safety.

The Internet portal GGN.ORG, is a platform for dialogue to enable direct communication and transparency between farmers and consumers.

Each label carries a 13-digit GGN identification number which consumers can enter online at www.ggn.org to find out about the farm and which fish or seafood was bred in, providing full traceability and transparency. Information on the farms and their good practices are detailed on the site.

The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading Scottish-based producer of fresh salmon, with sites on the West Coast and Hebrides. Its farms and processing facilities have been GLOBALG.A.P. certified since 2008.

Craig Anderson, managing director of The Scottish Salmon Company, says: “Provenance and traceability are of increasing importance to consumers and are paramount to our business. Securing the right to use GGN labelling on our salmon provides even further reassurance of the premium quality of our Scottish salmon to our customers and consumers.”

He adds: “By managing every stage of the production process, from broodstock through freshwater and marine farming to harvesting and packaging, as well as sales and marketing, we can ensure complete supply chain integrity, premium quality and full traceability.”

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Tray Sealing Flexibility – At Your Convenience

Accordingly to heat sealing specialists Proseal, a combination of new product development and competition in the convenience foods market puts pressure on machinery suppliers to provide solutions that maximise speed and efficiencies while maintaining product quality. The introduction of many different products and pack formats is also leading to shorter production runs.

As Tony Burgess, Proseal’s Head of Sales and Control Systems, explains: “For tray sealing, as well as the different shapes and designs of trays, we are also seeing a wide variety of sealing requirements in addition to traditional atmospheric sealing, including Gas Flush, Hermetic Shrink, Vacuum, Skin Pack, Skin Plus and Skin Deep.

“Nevertheless, one certainty in fast-developing markets is that pack requirements can change very quickly.  That is why an element of future-proofing is vital in the development of new tray sealers, so that food manufacturers have the reassurance of knowing that they will have the capability to cope with the latest packing trend without the need to invest in new kit every time.”

Proseal’s Latest GTe Models

Proseal’s latest GTe models are able to handle all of the above-mentioned sealing formats and these options can be added at any time. In addition, as the company develops new features in line with customer requirements, it ensures that these can also be retrofitted to models already out on the production floor.

The GTe range combines innovative E-seal® electric sealing technology with the many proven functional and reliability benefits of Proseal equipment.

prosealnovember2016E-seal® provides an energy efficient system that delivers a high-precision seal with an extremely strong sealing force, ensuring every seal has the tightness and reliability to meet the stringent quality requirements of the retail sector.

The technology achieves an increase of seal force of 260%, while only consuming 8% of the air of a machine fitted with an equivalent standard pneumatic cylinder to   deliver major energy and cost savings. E-seal® also increases machine productivity through shorter seal times, reduces gas flush cycle times and ensures accurate gas flush positioning for enhanced MAP packing.  The retention of some pneumatic functions means the machines offer additional benefits such as date coding of pre-printed film.

Pro-Motion System

Proseal’s Pro-Motion system uses following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer without having to pre-sort and adjust pack spacing. This delivers an increase from 15 cycles to 20 cycles per minute, equivalent to an additional 30 packs per minute with a six impression tool. Product handling is improved with fewer lines stoppages due to misplaced trays.

The overall performance of the line can be analysed using Proseal’s unique Pro-Vision data collection system, which records any stoppages and provides an accumulated set of data for each connected piece of equipment.  This helps production managers and engineers identify recurring problems and develop suitable corrective action.

Another advanced feature is the Pro-Tect user login security system, which provides different levels of authorisation access for individual personnel.

World First

proseal3november2016The Proseal GTe range includes the world’s first semi-automatic tray sealer for skin deep packs, ideal for smaller scale enterprises that do not require a fully automatic in-line tray sealer, with compact dimensions that mean it can fit into the smallest of factory spaces.

Unlike traditional manual machines where the operator has to wait for each tray to be sealed, the rotary operation of the GTR-e allows a new tray to be loaded while the previous one is being sealed, delivering higher speeds and efficiencies.

A GTR-e has been installed at Rhug Estate, an award-winning organic farm in Denbighshire, Wales, where cutting plant manager, Gary Jones comments: “We needed a tray sealing machine that would ensure our high quality meat was both presented and protected effectively, in order to reach our customers in premium condition.

“With limited space available in our packing operation, we approached Proseal to help us come up with an appropriate solution. The GTR-e meets our requirements, and we have been delighted with the high standard of service from Proseal and the reliability and efficiency of the machine.”

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Haith Multi-Wash System

In the ever demanding vegetable packing industry companies are always looking to increase margins by reducing the amount of waste while improving the quality of the product supplied to the end user.

Haith is constantly working on new designs which will not only improve pack out and quality, but also give reduced energy costs lower water usage and save labour. The latest concept, the Haith Multi-Wash, ticks all the boxes and with Haith’s all in one process transfer of vegetables from one section to the next is very gentle.

Haith Multi-Wash System offers De-stoning-barrel washing and brush polishing all in one unit, the latest and important upgrade is the split barrel which allows the washing section to rotate in the opposite direction to the polishing rollers there is a separate inverter speed control on each section giving more flexibility and control over the amount of washing and polishing required. Included in the system is a waste removal tank with water recycling, the compact all in one plug and play design makes installation and set up very simple, there are a number of options and configurations available to suit your specific requirements.

There is a feature on the control to allow simple and fast emptying of the system when changing verieties.

haith2november2016This new vegetable washing concept combines all the proven qualities of the popular Haith Supaflume De-stoner with the excellent wash quality of the Haith Semi-Submerged barrel washer whilst incorporating polishing with the tried and tested direct drive Haith Root-veg Polisher.

Vegetables are immediately introduced to water as they enter the integral de-stoner, stones and clods are removed before the crop is gently flume fed into the wash barrel. When heavy soil is present and a robust wash is required the water level can be raised so the pintle lined wash barrel is semi-submerged in water, the rubber scroll moves the potatoes through the barrel while the high pressure spray bar works with the rubber pintle to remove engrained dirt from the eyes.  The flexibility of the Multi-Wash enables the water level to be lowered, in this mode the potatoes can be sprayed with fresh water.

The next stage in the washing process, potatoes are gently transferred out of the barrel via an all new cone feeder which uses a soft rubber scroll to deliver the potatoes to brush polisher rollers, directly driven by high efficiency SEW motors, here minor skin defects can be removed and the general appearance of the crop is lifted.

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New Appointment at AutoCoding Systems

AutoCoding Systems, software specialist in packaging device automation and data integrity, has announced the appointment of Graeme Hartley (pictured) as Business Development Manager covering the North of England and Scotland. Graeme has a wealth of experience initially gained in engineering giving him the necessary knowledge early in his career to move into a Sales Engineer role.  Since then he has held various sales and sales management positions within both automation manufacturing and system integration.

He has spent several years working for a leading UK System Integrator where he gained valuable experience in the sale of large scale automation, SCADA and MES systems.  Graeme has an established technical sales background which will be invaluable as he continues to develop new opportunities in the North of England and Scotland, as well as maintaining AutoCoding Systems’ established customer base in these areas.

Graeme comments: “I am delighted to be joining AutoCoding Systems Ltd at such an exciting time, when we have a new ‘world-class’ coding and packaging verification solution available to the global market place.  I’m looking forward to bringing the expertise and knowledge that I have gained in previous roles whilst working for major automation manufacturers and system integrators across a multitude of industries in the UK.”

AutoCoding Systems has enjoyed considerable growth over the last couple of years not only in the UK, but also in the US and Australia.  Their success in new markets has led to an extensive recruitment drive in the areas of sales, technical support and software development.

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Lifting Spirits

By James Clark, MPS VP Global Sales – Drinks

Packaging plays an important role in underlying the value of a brand and in promoting a brand to new and established consumers. Packs offer huge opportunities for brand differentiation in terms of shape, print finishes & effects and opening experiences.

In 2015, MPS Arbroath was presented with an Eska Frog award for the third year in succession. This global award, organised by the carton-board supplier Eska, was presented for a striking pack for Dalmore’s 25 Year Old whisky. This complicated pack consists of 58 individual components and involves 76 separate operations to complete it.

In 2015, MPS Arbroath was presented with an Eska Frog award for the third year in succession. This global award, organised by the carton-board supplier Eska, was presented for a striking pack for Dalmore’s 25 Year Old whisky. This complicated pack consists of 58 individual components and involves 76 separate operations to complete it.

Despite the continued uncertainty in the global economy, established spirits markets are managing to maintain recent sales levels. However, the main source of growth, supported by enormous marketing budgets, has been in emerging markets. Here, value growth continues to outstrip volume growth and this is a clear demonstration of consumer’s ‘trading up’ from local spirits to more premium, aspirational international brands. These new consumers are buying provenance and a brand’s outer packaging is part of that experience. The gift value offered by premium packaging has long been synonymous with several parts of the drinks market, such as Champagne and Scotch whisky, and is now being recognised in up-and-coming areas such as vodka, rum and gin.

New Packaging Developments

MPS secured two of the packaging industry’s most prized awards at the UK Packaging Awards 2015. MPS beat a host of other suppliers to claim ‘Cartonboard Pack of the Year’ as well as ‘Limited Edition of the Year’. The ‘Limited Edition of the Year’ was awarded to a range of packs for Diageo’s Johnnie Walker brand. The Johnnie Walker Black Label and Double Black Limited Editions were launched globally in June 2015.

MPS secured two of the packaging industry’s most prized awards at the UK Packaging Awards 2015. MPS beat a host of other suppliers to claim ‘Cartonboard Pack of the Year’ as well as ‘Limited Edition of the Year’. The ‘Limited Edition of the Year’ was awarded to a range of packs for Diageo’s Johnnie Walker brand. The Johnnie Walker Black Label and Double Black Limited Editions were launched globally in June 2015.

During the last few years there have been a number of exciting new packaging developments. The market is increasingly using board-to-board lamination which effectively combines two pieces of cartonboard to provide a strong construction. In addition, glued inner folded flaps, that remove the ‘raw’ edge of the unprinted cartonboard, present a quality finish for premium spirits brands. Varnish effects such as soft touch or silk screen textures which mimic naturally occurring materials such as leather, stone or wood grain as well as in-line reticulation are enhancing the tactile qualities of packs. 3D and holographic print that provide depth and the impression of movement are also in demand for gifting and brand extensions.

Printed electronics are even now playing a part in on-trade promotions and consumer trials with new technologies such as Near Field Communication (NFC) are also taking place. This technology allows a smart phone to communicate with a chip, incorporated into the outer pack, by using the energy from the phone’s battery. NFC is being used to help communicate additional marketing information and also offers the potential to gather information direct from the consumer.

Growth in ‘Super-premium’ Brands

In 2015, MPS Bristol was presented with a coveted Digital Printer Award for a self-adhesive label just six months after installing the site’s first digital press, a Domino N610i. The site won the category ‘Creative Use of Substrates’ which was one of just 15 awards that acknowledge the very best examples of digital print. The award was presented for a self- adhesive beer label for the craft brewer, Redwell based in Norfolk.

In 2015, MPS Bristol was presented with a coveted Digital Printer Award for a self-adhesive label just six months after installing the site’s first digital press, a Domino N610i. The site won the category ‘Creative Use of Substrates’ which was one of just 15 awards that acknowledge the very best examples of digital print. The award was presented for a self- adhesive beer label for the craft brewer, Redwell based in Norfolk.

The push into new markets has also seen growth in ‘super-premium’ brands that demand the very best packaging formats to support high retail price points. It’s now not uncommon to see brands retailing at £500 and above at retail travel outlets. Here elaborate rigid boxes made from high quality cartonboards, sometimes combined with other materials such as wood or plastics, have been one of the favoured formats. Clever designs have provided the perfect stage to display finely crafted unique bottle designs whilst incorporating information booklets or complementary crystal glasses. The rigid box has been used to reinforce the very essence of these exclusive, luxury brands.

Over the past few years, there have been developments in spirally wound and composite tubes that have further elevated this high-quality packaging format. The tube can be decorated in a limitless range of colours, enhanced by a foil, varnished or embossed finish. Material choice and outer print finishes offer the choice of a smooth silky touch or the contrast of a tactile raised image. The appearance of a tin-plate container or the novelty of a tri-part tube are all possible. An extensive range of shapes – cylindrical, oval, triangular and square – are now available which allows further brand differentiation.

MPS provides a full range of printed products to the alcoholic drinks sector including self-adhesive and wet-applied labels, folding cartons, rigid boxes, composite tubes and shaped boxes. This dedication to protect and promote the world’s great brands will see MPS help lift the value of premium spirits for years to come.

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TASI TEST – The Global Leader in Packaging Leak Test and Inspection

TASI TEST represents a new force in the packaging leak detection market by combining 3 top industry players, ALPS, Bonfiglioli and Sepha to provide an unrivalled range of solutions across diverse global markets.  All three companies are owned by TASI Group, a group of global businesses that share a common focus on Test, Inspection and Measurement.  With packaging testing at their core, ALPS, Bonfiglioli and Sepha have been working together in recent years as sister companies to best utilize their common strengths.

Established in 1974 in the USA, ALPS is a leading innovator of high speed linear and rotary equipment used to test plastic containers such as blow moulded and injection moulded bottles.  Founded in the same year, Bonfiglioli Engineering (now Bonfig) has an extensive product line of leak testing solutions ranging from lab scale, off line, on line high speed and combination system combine vision inspection or head space gas analysis with traditional leak testing. Bonfig has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of quality control packaging testing solutions across a range of vertical markets including Pharma, Metal can, Aerosol and Food & Beverage.  Finally, with over 35 years in the industry, Sepha is a specialist engineering company that focuses on innovating equipment used in the production, integrity testing and emptying of Solid dose pharmaceutical packaging.

Individually, each of these companies has developed a strong brand reputation in its field, based on high quality products and exceptional customer service.  By combining development, manufacturing and sales operations of the three, TASI TEST offers clients increased confidence in the high quality, value-added testing solutions that they have come to expect from each individual brand, with increased technical expertise and global customer service support.

The organisation has a global footprint combining engineering and design innovation hubs based in the US, Italy and the UK..  Primary manufacturing operations are located in Harrison, OH USA, Ferrara Italy and  custom-build Sepha projects in the UK.  TASI Test is truely a global leader in quality contol solutions.  We offer local service technicians and testing labs in most major markets for testing your application in house.  Integrating these operations with truly global sales team; TASITEST offers a new level of innovation, efficiency and breadth of application within the package testing industry.

TASITEST will be introduced to the market at a number of industry specific international exhibitions in the build up to its official launch at Pack Expo in Chicago from 6th – 9th November and the PDA events in Long Beach California and Berlin, Germany.

We invite you to stop by our Booth #S-1536  and see some of our latest innovations in quality control solutions for your application.

For more information, visit www.tasitest.com, or contact info@tasitest.com

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The Pott’s Brewery Invests in New Inspection Technology

The Pott’s Brewery in Oelde, Westphalia, is synonymous with swing-stopper bottles and also demonstrates this expertise when it comes to contract-bottling for beer and beer-based mixed drinks. To upgrade the quality of its products still further, Pott’s has now invested in a new Linatronic empty-bottle inspector from Krones combined with a ModulCheck rubber seal monitor, both of which have been integrated into the existing Krones bottling line. Numerous advantages of this improved inspection unit contribute towards ensuring that the brewery’s 24,000-bph filling line for swing-stopper bottles is now way ahead of its time. The line is run in two-shift operation throughout, and is used both for filling the brewery’s own beer specialties and for contract-bottling.

Rubber Seal Inspection by a ModulCheck

Pott’s placed an order with Krones for a new ModulCheck rubber seal monitor and for a Linatronic 735 empty-bottle inspector. The upstream ModulCheck verifies the presence and correct colour of the rubber seals on the swing-stopper bottles’ porcelain heads; it can do this for all positions of the rubber seal. Moreover, the unit detects soiling, faded rubber seals, and any labels/label residues still adhering to the swing.

krones2november2016The new ModulCheck offers numerous advantages: it does not touch the bottles, and can also be relied upon to detect soiling in the area of the porcelain head. What’s more, it doesn’t consume any wear parts, and can easily be matched to a new variant at change-overs

Impeccable Monitoring and Upgraded Quality

The latest model of the Linatronic 735 contains a variety of modules like base inspection, sealing-surface inspection, side-wall inspection or lateral-neck-finish inspection. When inspecting swing-stopper bottles, the Linatronic also takes a long hard look at the stopper itself: if the clamp-type lower part of the swing-stopper and the porcelain head are on different sides of the neck area, a four-mega-pixel neck-finish camera can be relied upon to detect this fault, and to check the sealing surface as well.

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Largest UK Sushi Manufacturer Uses Automation For Retailer Compliance

Ichiban UK has invested in automation to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice. The OAL system has prevented label and packaging errors that can result in substantial fines and help identify areas for improvement during production. Ichiban UK is the leading supplier of both own label and branded authentic sushi for major retailers. Ichiban recognised that to maintain their excellent relationships with the retailers, the site needed to secure their factory by proactively investing in automation.

Working with OAL, a leading automation and food processing technology provider, Ichiban UK ensured the correct packaging and labelling are applied to their products by using a single automated system to control their packaging lines and integrate existing packaging devices. Julie Rice, Technical Manager, explains why Ichiban UK chose the OAL Autocoding system: “We chose the OAL system because it’s a tried and tested solution that provides the compliance we need. It’s easy to use and has helped us focus by accurately recording line stoppages and identifying areas for improvement.”

ichiban1november2016The system Ichiban UK had installed works by scanning a 2D barcode printed on every product to check and verify the date code, and packaging is correct. If a mismatch error occurs, the line stops, and the problem is investigated.

Payback has been shortened through the use of OAL’s Factory Performance software module that provides the team production information on improvement areas. When a line stop occurs operators must record a reason code on the touchscreen terminal. The recorded data is both highly accurate and can be used in real-time so actions can be taken if any issues occur. The automatic system replaces existing manual production logs, providing more accurate and reliable data, helping Ichiban UK identify areas for improvement.

By investing in automation, Ichiban UK has secured compliance with retailer codes of practice for label and date code verification whilst producing actionable data to improve production performance.

For more information on how automation can help with compliance, contact OAL on +44 1733 394 700 or visit www.oalgroup.com/connected/

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What is Engineered Sustainability by Rexnord?

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. Engineered Sustainability by Rexnord is a product program to help you design durable conveyor systems with components that guarantee optimal product handling without compromising the ability to meet targets on safety improvement, increased productivity, water reduction and energy savings.

The program highlights the on-going commitment to creating and manufacturing environmentally-friendly conveyor equipment. Selecting the right conveyor equipment can deliver impressive energy reduction, water reduction and improved conveyor safety in comparison to more traditional conveyor concepts. Rexnord believes that everything starts with the voice of the customer. The products support customers’ goals and have been developed and manufactured in line with what customers need. KPI’s, safety goals and sustainability goals such as water usage in their production facilities are studied. All this information is the basis to define Rexnord’s strategy in this area.

The ‘Engineered Sustainability by Rexnord’ programme is now being successfully delivered and the upcoming BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany is Rexnord’s latest opportunity to deliver its ‘Engineered Sustainability by Rexnord’ message. The booth at the trade show helps to illustrate what Rexnord can do to help. Customers and potential customers can test the conveyor equipment and see the real time energy savings. It’s a powerful way to show the advantages of working with Rexnord.

The company will also be launching two new conveyor chain designs, which have been created and manufactured with the same message in mind. The two new chains have been developed to deliver excellent benefits for both OEMs and end users, showing how environmentally-friendly advantages such as energy savings can be achieved. For example, the chains use a plastic that lowers friction as it is self-lubricating and the weight of the chain itself is also lowered.

Rexnord’s skilled engineers will help you obtain the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), resulting in significant cost savings by improving operational safety, efficiency and productivity.

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AmbaFlex – The Specialist in Spiral Conveyor Solutions

ambaflexnovember2016AmbaFlex is the partner for customised material handling systems based on spiral conveying technology! Its unique SpiralVeyor® is used in a wide range of markets and applications for vertical transportation, temporary storage and the accumulation of single goods and packed products.

AmbaFlex is an independent global company that has developed, produces and also maintains the SpiralVeyor® system to ensure that customers receive the most cost effective solutions available today.

Users all over the world already appreciate the level of quality AmbaFlex delivers and its proven experience in their markets. To maintain this leading and trendsetting position, AmbaFlex continuously invests in product innovation and the development of functional solutions in close co-operation with customers.

The SpiralVeyor® SVm-Series are wide belt spiral conveyors in the AmbaFlex SpiralVeyor® program and specially designed for the mass flow handling of liquid containers. The wide belt spiral is built up from multiple parallel tracks that form one conveyor belt (AmbaFlex MultiSpiral technology). The multiple belt track arrangement ensures a very large high pull strength for high load applications. Many other options are also available to customize / configure this spiral conveyor for specific applications and functions.

AmbaFlex Spiral Conveyor Solutions is exhibiting at Stand 258 in Hall 7 at Brau Beviale 2016. For further information visit www.ambaflex.com.

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UK minister rejects calls for 5p coffee cup levy

The UK Government’s environment minister, Theresa Coffey, has indicated that a 5p levy on coffee cups proposed by the Liberal Democrats would not be implemented, saying that coffee chains are “already doing enough” to combat waste.

Although the Lib Dems had suggested that a charge would result in over 2 billion fewer cups in the UK, such a levy is not on the agenda of the Conservative government. Writing to MEP Catherine Bearder, Coffey indicated that many chains are already taking appropriate action on the issue.

The move was welcomed by the Foodservice Packaging Association. Executive director Martin Kersh said: “This is a good call from the minister and shows she is listening to the industry, which has responded to the call for increased recovery and recycling of cups by coming together and pledging to make a significant difference by 2020.  We are making good progress and there is a lot happening both in terms of research and action.

“The industry is working on improving recovery and recycling along the supply chain but it’s a complex scenario, not least because the UK waste management infrastructure has changed little in recent decades and has not moved with the needs of society. We live in a 24/7 culture that is time poor and by necessity driven by convenience.  We are working hard to find solutions but safe, economically viable and sustainable answers won’t be found overnight.”

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PPMA Total Show 2016 Confirms Bright Future For British Processing and Packaging Industry

The UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design solutions were on show at the PPMA Total Show 2016, which returned to the Birmingham NEC from the 27–29 September. The triannual PPMA Total Show welcomed 1200 leading packaging and processing machinery manufacturers to showcase the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities with more than 7,300 visitors.

With the outcome of June’s referendum looming large, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment opened the 2016 exhibition and delivered the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Lord Maude, who drew a substantial crowd, addressed the future of the UK processing and packaging sector, discussed the potential aftermath of Brexit negotiations and future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign.

Presenting an optimistic outlook on the future, Lord Maude said: “Britain is bigger; its pattern of trade and investment is much more closely intermingled with the EU; and we should aim for and I hope achieve something much more bespoke than Norway, Canada, Switzerland or even Albania.

PPMA2July2015“When we leave the EU Britain will be able to negotiate its own free trade agreements with what are today  third world countries.  Yes, we have less clout on our own to negotiate with India, the US, Japan, China and so on.  But we have several advantages.  First, we unequivocally want Free Trade Agreements. Second, we can focus on what is of interest to us and us alone. And, third we don’t need to aim for perfection.

“I’m not going to pretend that the road ahead will always be smooth and straight.  It won’t be.  There will be twists and turns and bumps along the way.  But I have no doubt that there are huge opportunities as well; and that British manufacturing companies are incredibly well-placed to exploit them.”

Expertise on Display

Visitors to the PPMA Total Show 2016 were privy to not only headline speaker the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, but a range of industry experts who tackled the most pressing issues such as hygiene compliance, food and packaging waste and the skills gap.

Adding to growing national debate on food and packaging waste, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, educated visitors on the number of government programmes that promote both environmental improvements and the cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and the benefits of developing recycled food grade PP processes.

PPMA2016LogoIn addition, Emma McLeod, Principal Engineer for Process Solutions Global Chocolate R&D Team at Mondelez International, gave aspiring engineers insight into the engineering opportunities in the largest industry in the UK on the final day of the show. Emma discussed her own career as well as how Mondelez are responding to the skills gap, mentoring young engineers from the beginning of their career to build their skills quickly to become chartered professional engineers.

Commenting on the seminar programme, PPMA Total Show visitor Tim Bednall, Business Development Manager, Lorein Engineering Solutions said: “Having attended a number of the seminar sessions, I must say they were great. It is nice to hear real industry experts addressing the problems of the industry as a whole. By coming to a show like this, I am able to listen to a range of expert opinions all under one roof.”

Latest Innovations in Manufacturing

The food and packaging waste debate was not restricted to the seminar stage with debut exhibitors such as TIPA Sustainable Packaging revealing its flexible food packaging that behaves just like an orange peel to the UK market.

TIPA, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough bio-based, fully compostable, flexible packaging, also announced its partnership with UK social enterprise, Snact, who make snacks from surplus product.

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA, says, “Our partnership with Snact marks a first step in the UK market. We’re currently trialling our products with a number of UK brands within the grocery retail sector and hope to see further partnerships announced as brands recognise the benefits of our technology.”

“Working with such an eco-conscious brand like Snact was a natural fit for us and we’re excited to see the roll out of our fully compostable, flexible packaging in support of such a worthy brand in the fight against food waste.”

PPMA3March2016Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC also witnessed a number of new product launches. Fortress Technology unveiled the latest version of its Halo automatic test technology. Building on Emma De-Alwis’s seminar session on hygiene and contamination, the solution is designed to automatically check that a metal detector is identifying ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel contaminants as well as testing the reject system. For food suppliers, it offers a more robust, objective and auditable testing procedure, satisfying the most demanding retailer Codes of Practice.

Speaking about the 2016 exhibition, Phil Brown, Sales Director, Fortress Technology said: “There was a good mix of visitors to the show and we welcomed a number of customers to the stand, both well-acquainted and new. We took a number of orders on the stand and achieved a great deal of interest on our new Halo automatic testing technology that we unveiled and demonstrated at the show, particularly from the pharmaceutical industry.”

Discussing the success of the 2016 show, David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager said: “The PPMA Total Show 2016 has been extremely successful and the expanded show format was well received by visitors and exhibitors alike. The show was busy and there was a real buzz on the show floor particularly on the second and third day.”

“Over 150 exhibitors have already booked stands at the PPMA Show 2017, which is a testament to how good the event was. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to exhibit or visit the show and made it a success.”

Celebrating Industry Excellence

Celebrating manufacturing success, over 400 industry leaders, government representatives and press came together on the first night of the PPMA Total Show to see the winners of the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016 revealed.

PPMA2March2016Awards were presented in 14 hotly contested categories, covering every facet of the industry from processing and packaging to the environment, vision and automation. Among the winners, Festo & Siemens bagged two awards on the night including Most Innovative Automation System and Partnership of the Year while DC Norris took the Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year and HepcoMotion walked away with the PPMA BEST (business, education, skills and training) accolade for their apprenticeship programme

Commenting on their success at the PPMA Awards, Peter Jones, HepcoMotion Marketing Manager said: “The PPMA Group Awards were a great event, honouring the latest innovation in the industry. The skills gap is a hot topic at the moment, and we’re very proud to be acknowledged for work we do in training young engineers.”

The PPMA Group CEO, Dr. Andrew Mint said: “The PPMA Group Industry Awards was a fantastic evening, celebrating the best that the British processing and packaging industry has to offer. The sheer volume of entries we received this year gave the judging panel an extremely tough task and we’d like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted and those who were successful on the night!”

The PPMA Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, 26 – 28 September 2017. For information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities please email PPMA Exhibition Sales Manager scott.mckenna@ppma.co.uk.

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Innovia create new “easy open” packaging range

Innovia Films has expanded its range of easy-to-open food packaging film range to include heavy duty, high barrier and snap wrap options.

The portfolio of peelable Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films with the 52 and 60 microns Propafilm RCP.

The packaging makes it easier for consumers of all ages and abilities to open them easily to access whatever food or other product is inside.

Its acrylic coating ensures a broad sealing range, which enables a wide packaging operating window and good machinability in all standard formats. Its moisture and aroma barrier properties are suitable for preserving food products such as dried and chocolate based products.

The seal strength is consistent and the film can be used on existing packaging machines.

Amaia Cown, Innovia Films’ product manager, says: “Brand owners are waking up to the fact that easy-open is increasingly becoming a major purchase consideration for consumers, especially those with reduced dexterity. We have listened to consumers who often complain about the difficulty of getting into conventional packaging.

“Our easy-to-open packaging range makes their life that little bit easier.  Rest assured, these films continue to protect the products they wrap while providing an enhanced product experience.”

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Ball collaborates with Ovidias to create drinks can with chocolate inside

An unlikely collaboration between can-maker, Ball, and Belgian chocolate brand, Ovidias, will see the latter bringing its novel packaging concept to the commercial market.

Ovidias are set to package its chocolate in drinks cans, maintaining freshness and flavour as well as protecting the product during transit, whilst remaining lightweight.

Storing chocolate in a can also preserves the full and creamy taste of the chocolates, delivering on taste without the need for additives. It also combines a longer shelf life with reduced impact on the environment, making this form of packaging an attractive, if unusual, concept.

The chocolates are individually wrapped before going into the can, before being filled with a small amount of nitrogen to protect it in transit.

Marco Turcatto, Marketing Manager at Ovidias, says: “We decided to make the move to the beverage can format when our founder was inspired by snacks and drinks in a hotel mini-bar, which were served in cans. After careful research, we contacted Ball and through close collaboration we have been able to realise a truly unique product.”

Arjen van Zurk, Ball’s Marketing Manager, comments: “The fact that manufacturers outside of the beverage sector are now looking to the aluminium beverage can as a packaging solution affirms the clear advantages and benefits of this format. Be it the quality and consistency of product delivery, flexible and extensive branding potential, or environmental advantages, the credentials of the beverage can are clear.”

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Crown Food Europe launches new product for dry food market

Peelfit, a new proprietary metal can designed specifically for the dry food market, has been launched by Crown Food Europe.

Manufactured in the UK, Peelfit addresses demands for greater convenience, lightweighting and product protection in the sector.

The product is fully printable, provides sustainability benefits and utilises direct heat sealing technology to seal a peelable foil directly to a collapsed bead within the can body. For the last feature, customers then simply need to fill product through the base of the can and seam on a non-easy-open end without having to make changes to the filling line.

In terms of sustainability, the Peelfit container is 16% lighter than cans using conventional foil steam closures, due to its elimination of rigid steel rings. It reduces energy use by 32% compared to the conventional cans, and, as it’s metal, it offers 100% protection against oxygen, light, moisture and other contaminants.

Olivier Aubry, Business Development and Marketing Director for Crown Food Europe, says: “Peelfit is the result of extensive development work by Crown’s talented designers and engineers. Using technology to reduce the amount of metal used in Crown’s food containers while maintaining performance and functionality is a significant element of the company’s ongoing sustainability efforts. We look forward to bringing Peelfit to market during the fourth quarter of 2-16 with a major international food company.”

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New packaging machinery for grapes cuts costs and reduces environmental impact

South African grape supplier Karsten Group has introduced new heat-sealing equipment that will keep costs down while protecting the environment.

The twin lane machine is capable of sealing up to 200 packs a minute, upgrading from low wrapping to heat-sealed punnets.

Manufactured by Packaging Automation (PA), the new packaging will be more widely recyclable. The machinery, meanwhile, will also reduce unplanned downtime by up to 90% through continued operation during repairs, routine maintenance and breakdowns.

The group, through Karsten UK, supplies a range of seedless table grape varieties to major UK retailers.

Bernie Niehaus, packaging and equipment manager from Karsten UK, says: “Choosing PA was an easy decision, we had to make our film work. The machine is very easy to use and PA went out of their way to get us the setup we needed to make it simple.”

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Environmental Award Success For Packaging Automation

Knutsford-based Packaging Automation has been recognised for its green credentials after being selected as a winner of a new environmental award. Packaging Automation, who manufacture innovative, versatile and cost effective filling and tray sealing solutions, has received the award from leading waste and recycling company, ACM Environmental PLC, for becoming a 100% Zero to Landfill Business.

The award acknowledges that none of the waste produced by Packaging Automation is sent to landfill and instead more environmentally sustainable methods are used to recycle, recover and reuse it.  By working in partnership with ACM, Packaging Automation has pledged a commitment to a low carbon future by following the principles of the waste hierarchy to achieve
the diversion of 100% waste from landfill.

Russ Sampson, from ACM Environmental (Manchester and Merseyside), says: “We are delighted that Packaging Automation is the first recipient of a new Zero Waste to Landfill Award.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with them to help implement an environmentally-sound waste management strategy and to see them achieve, and sustain such impressive landfill diversion results is extremely gratifying.”

Neil Ashton from Packaging Automation says: “We are extremely proud to be working with ACM to support our environmental policies. Waste reduction is a topic that is important to many of our customers, so achieving zero waste to landfill is an important step to ensuring we are in tune with their commitment to the environment. It is also pleasing that the work we have done with ACM culminating in the award has also delivered cost savings for our business.”

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Holfeld Freshens Up its VSP Range of Meat Packaging

Holfeld Plastics knows the value of sustainable packaging in the meat industry. Their VSP range has recently been extended taking into account portion size, sustainability, good looks and freshness. With consumers suggested to spend three times the amount of time selecting meats compared with any  other foodstuffs shelf appeal is a significant determinator of choice – skinpacks offer a more ‘natural’ appearance – they extend shelf life, to the processor they offer operational efficiencies  with direct on-tray vacuum packing and from a retailers point of view can be displayed horizontally, vertically, shingled or hung. They remove the need to touch the product and are a more effective barrier to oxygen maintaining a more natural meat freshness and appearance  over a longer period of time.

holfeld2november2016Holfeld’s VSP range secures and protects products in the supply chain, there are boneguard and butter insert trays. We have trays in r-PET/PE & also PP/PE for microwaveable use with bespoke options available. All Holfeld’s trays are compatible with a wide range of top film manufacturers offering a cohesive seal failure witness marking.

Holfeld is providing skinpack trays across a selection of its flagship ‘D’ range in r-PET/PE, r-PET/Mono, PPE/PE/EVOH as well as offering padded options. There are 12 different profiles currently on offer – more products are continually being added to the range.

For more information visit www.holfeldplastics.com and download the flyer or visit the new online products catalogue.

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Food and drink manufacturers to reduce emissions by 55% in 10 years

The Food and Drink Federation has pledged to reduce the carbon emissions of manufacturers in the industry by 55% by 2025.

The group, which has hailed its previous sustainability efforts, has issued a set of commitments that industry plans to follow to decrease its carbon footprint even further.

As well as the proposed 55% reduction, which is fully in line with wider government targets, members of the federation have committed to a cut in supply chain waste of 3.2%. The group also maintains a commitment to send absolutely no food and packaging waste to landfill from members’ own direct operations from 2016 and beyond.

Furthermore, more emphasis on more sustainable packaging and reducing the amount of water used in manufacturing is included in the pledges.

Helen Munday, chief scientific officer at the Food and Drink Federation, says: “Now, having made great progress across a range of areas, including massive CO2 emission and water use reductions, we’ve looked again at what more we can deliver, engaging with more companies within our sector and beyond. The partnership approach has proven most effective at engaging the diverse parts of the UK food chain.”

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Packaging firm warns of rising prices if pound continues to fall

As the pound continues to weaken following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, fears are spreading that the price of packaging could rise significantly.

South African paper packaging giant Mondi has indicated that many of its UK contracts, on products such as Twinings Tea, contained clauses that meant they could be recalculated in light of currency fluctuations. The result could see the price of packaging continue to rise as the pound continues to decrease in value.

Mondi’s chief executive David Hathorn said: “We export many of our products from Europe to the UK and most these contracts have currency agreements in place, so they have been repriced to take in the currency movements.”

The company, which has a presence North and South of the border in Ireland, expects prices for its products to improve worldwide after tougher trading conditions this year.

If sterling continues to devalue, then the expectation is that these higher packaging costs may be passed onto the customer.

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Saica Group to acquire Americk Packaging

The news has emerged that Spanish giant Saica Group are set to acquire Irish-owned Americk Packaging Group for an undisclosed fee.

Americk consists of six manufacturing sites across Ireland and the UK. It employs 691 staff as well as additional operations with separate brands PP Global and Starfish Brand Solution. The group achieved a combined turnover of £110 million last year. They produce labels and cartons for clients in the food and beverage industry, and beyond.

Saica, meanwhile, boast operations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Turkey and Luxembourg with over 8,000 employees. They produce 2.5 million tonnes of recycled paper per year, across their four divisions which included production for corrugated cardboard, recyclable materials recovery, corrugated packaging and flexible packaging. Their group achieved a turnover of nearly €2.37 billion in 2015.

Americk Packaging’s CEO, Patrick Doran, says: “This approach has taken some careful consideration by me and our senior management team. Saica are a family run business with a strong code of ethics and compliance which has been of paramount importance when considering the fit with our business, culture and most importantly our staff and customer base.”

“I have informed our staff, customers and suppliers of this positive move that will catapult the Americk Packaging brand into the international packaging market; whilst adding value and opportunities for our loyal staff, customers and suppliers.”

Roman Alejandro, President of Saica, comments: “This agreement allows us to enter the flexible packaging market in Ireland and the UK more actively, hand in hand with a leading player. [It enables] the Saica Group to continue its development in the flexible packaging sector with the aim of offering a wider range of products and services to our customers.”

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Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

Packaging supplier Cepac are investing £1 million on expanding its site and digital operation in Doncaster, England.

The project is due to begin in early 2017, following the installation of a new digital printing press in April of this year. This will allow the production of innovative packaging with outstanding graphics with very short customer lead times.

The company has four other sites in the North of England, in Rotherham, Darlington, Rawcliffe Bridge and Alfreton. It designs and produces a number of corrugated and shelf-ready packaging items and stocks a variety of products.

Steve Moss, Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Our investment in state of the art printing and manufacturing is not just about meeting customer requirements but being able to exceed their expectations. We are doubling the size of our premises and more than halving customer lead times, offering unrivalled innovation, quality, service and response.

“The packaging world can be traditional and reluctant to change although there is now the opportunity to break away from conventional means of production. Highly printed packaging is now available on demand without the constraint of either long lead times or stockholding. The market for POS and decorative packaging is changing in response to the evolving retail market. In these days of rapidly changing demand Cepac are able to offer a service proposition which is truly transformational.”

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JDO gives Baltika beer a new bottle design

One of Russia’s most popular beer brands, Baltika 3, is set to get a facelift with a new bottle design from JDO Brand & Design.

The Carlsberg-owned beer was aiming to elevate its position among international premium beers, while countering the threat of counterfeit beer products.

JDO was tasked with creating a more premium and modern design for the brand, retaining existing elements such as the label style and Baltika crest.

The result is described as a more contemporary, cleaner representation of Baltika 3. A deeper blue, an enlarged crest and a larger red hotspot all offer “a bold, confident and modern expression.”

JDO also added medal embossing around the neck to communicate brewing credentials and a strong ingredient story for the brand.

Paul Drake, JDO co-founder and executive creative director, commented: “The more defined structural profile delivers power, strength and masculinity to the brand, while the medal embossing and graphic detail cue authenticity and naturalness.”

Tatyana Chernaia, brand manager at Baltika, said: “JDO’s new design has succeeded in appealing to our existing loyal consumers as well as to a younger audience which will help establish opportunities for growth.”

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Irish pack firm enters coffee cup partnership with Frugalpac

Clare-based Cup Print has entered into a deal with Frugalpac to install a new packaging machine to produce the UK company’s paper coffee cup.

Frugalpac, whose clients include Starbucks, will use Cup Print’s machine to meet increasingly high demand for its recyclable cups.

Cup Print, based in Ennis, already produces 150 million cups a year for clients such as Mars, Kraft and Bunzl. The company is excited to partner with Frugalpac on bringing this product to market.

Terry Fox, MD at Cup Print, says: “We’re thrilled that Cup Print has been chosen to mass produce the first Frugalpac. Cup Print is the world’s fastest paper cup manufacturer and produces single wall and double wall cups.

“We already supply independent cafés and marketing companies all over Europe and we look forward to being able to offer the Frugalpac cup to them, following the forthcoming tests and trials with several potential customers. The interest and excitement we’ve seen for this innovative and easier-to-recycle coffee cup has been remarkable and we look forward to playing our part in taking it to market.”

Frugalpac hopes that their new paper coffee cup could solve the problem that only 1 in 400 cups are currently recycled, with most ending up in landfill.

Its founder, Martin Myerscough, comments: “It’s a big step for Frugalpac and a signal of our confidence not only in the cup but also in the market for it. We have received interest from around the world for the Frugalpac, including from Starbucks. Our new facility at Cup Print will allow us to start to meet this demand.

“Ultimately we will build even larger Frugalpac machines for cup producers by licensing the technology to them. But we’re really pleased that Cup Print is our first partner.”

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GT2e Brings Speed and Flexibility to New Lines

Heat sealing specialists Proseal has played a key supporting role in the development of the new production facilities at 2 Sisters’ Scunthorpe factory. The ambitious cutting and retail packing project is able to deliver 1.2 million birds per week, and it is therefore vital that every part of the line can deal with this high throughput.

Proseal’s involvement has seen the company supply 12 of its latest automatic, large capacity, high-speed GT2e inline tray sealers with free flow gas flushing for MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) packs. Designed to accept randomly spaced trays from any conveyor and able to be fully integrated with other line equipment, the GT2e features Proseal’s pioneering and innovative E-seal® technology.

proseal1october2016High Performance

This high performance, high precision electric seal system delivers an increased seal force of 600% while reducing compressed air usage by 92%. This enables manufacturers to achieve the high quality seal reliability demanded of the retail sector while at the same time achieving valuable cost savings and sustainability benefits.

Another unique feature is the machine’s Pro-Motion high accuracy tray infeed system, which uses following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer without stopping. An auto-detect product flow monitoring system regulates the speed of the infeed conveyor according the amount of trays being supplied. This typically increases speeds by up to 30%.

Rugged Construction

proseal2october2016Like all Proseal equipment, the GT2e offers a rugged construction to food industry approved hygiene standards with full wash-down protection. The company’s established ‘Auto Tool’ connection system enables tool changes to be carried out in around five minutes, while downtime is further minimised by the use of quick-change conveyor belts, and an auto-lock film reel holder. A user-friendly menu-driven control panel provides step-by-step prompts for easy operation.

Equally important, the GT2e has the flexibility to perform any style of heat seal to a pre-formed tray, including atmospheric, MAP, VMAP, Skin, Skin Plus and Skin Deep. Customers can simply select the format types they require and these can be added to or taken off at any time. This allows food manufacturers to change their pack formats in line with customer demands without having to invest in new equipment.

Capable of up to 14 cycles per minute for gas flushing, the GT2e has the speed, flexibility and reliability to meet the requirements of 2 Sisters’ new world-class facility.

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Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

Pacepacker Services is teaming up with renowned equipment manufacturer and training provider Festo, to offer Automation Awareness Workshops for its customers, involving all those with a stake in the automation process in smoothing the journey, while maximising the benefits and, ultimately, ROI. The workshops will focus on how customers can integrate systems and extract full benefit from them quickly and efficiently. The half-day events will be free to a given number of attendees from each company.

Increasing numbers of manufacturers in sectors such as food and drink are recognising the benefits of automation, whether in terms of output, yield, reliability, product quality or traceability. However fewer are aware of the less obvious factors influencing how readily that desired result can be fully achieved.

“From upstream machines, which affect the efficiency of the rest of the line, to missed opportunities in enlisting the positive support of the workforce, it is important that we educate our customers and increase overall awareness as part of the process of integrating automation,” explains Pacepacker’s Business Development Manager, Paul Wilkinson.

Each workshop is specifically crafted to be extremely useful and relevant to the specifics of each company’s operations, with full engagement from key company stakeholders, from operators and line supervisors, to engineering team members and directors.

Other opportunities the workshops will highlight include practical preparations for installation and how to manage training or recruitment to ensure customers have the correct in-house expertise to meet the needs of automation.

“This is about smoothing the process of automation inside the factory, it’s about you and your team being ready, and it is about external factors which may affect how the overall system performs,” says Paul. “The end result may be all to do with speed, product quality, reduced wastage and rejects or a combination of all of these and more. Ultimately, this is about maximising return on investment (ROI), in the shortest possible time.”

pacepacker2october2016In practical terms, this new approach to automation awareness could well reduce the period when the line is either not running at all, or running below its optimal performance.

Paul adds: “From Pacepacker’s point of view, we want satisfied customers. This is yet another way we can demonstrate the high levels of support we consistently provide our customers with.”

Festo, though known principally as a manufacturer of automation systems and components, has a strong track record in training and consultancy rooted in its real-world experience. In fact, the company runs 2,900 courses worldwide every year, training no fewer than 42,000 individuals.

The Festo-designed workshops will bring together attendees from different companies at Pacepacker’s head office in Essex. For larger customers, there will be the opportunity for cross-site events where representatives of different operations will be able to pool their experiences and observations.

“Pacepacker is in alignment with our objective to look beyond the supply of components and solutions and to help our customers not just succeed, but to excel in their markets,” explains Neil Lewin, Senior Consultant for Festo Training & Consultancy. “The course will raise awareness of the complete approach required when engaging in automation projects, and provide customers with a strategic plan for implementation of automation in to their plant. The end result being a solution that meets its promises on ROI and sustainability.”

A white paper and ‘automation checklist’ will perform a similar function for businesses installing smaller systems. For further information contact Pacepacker Services on +44 (0)1371 811544, or visit www.pacepacker.com.

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